Debut UK performance of the legendary Nepali Afro-Funk outfit outa the Himalayas. One of the most unique and eclectic bands from Kathmandu Nepal, Cadenza Collective led by drummer and composer Navin Chettri seamlessly blends Jazz, Afro-funk, and Nepali folk into an irresistible sound for your ears and booty.
From their humble beginnings in 1998, Cadenza was one of the first bands to experiment with jazz in the Kathmandu Valley, a city dominated by bands playing rock and pop covers. Cadenza broke the mold and has evolved into a mature and experienced collective of musicians and music educators.
Their music has pumped vitality into the improvised music scene in Nepal and beyond through regular performances with both classical and western musicians. With 5 albums to date showcasing their original music, their CDs are often referred to as instant collector’s items. The latest album, Back to the Roots, released in February 2014, is further evidence of their nature as a band to push boundaries. With their unique jazz, Nepali-afro-funk sound, far from popular mainstream music, the album was nominated in 5 categories for the 2014 Nepal Hits FM Music Awards. They won Best Pop/Rock Composition for their song “Namaste”, and Best Pop/Rock Album of the Year.
Navin Chettri: Main vocals/ drums/percussion
Pravin Chettri: Saxophone/vocals
Inap Shrestha: Saxophone/vocals
Rajat Rai: Guitar/vocals
Samir Chettri: Bass/vocals
With support from
Rooted in the melodic foothills of the Nepal, Yak Attack is a London based, shape-shifting musical outfit built around a core of Afro-Asian rhythms. The band is founded by Shubha Giri in 2008, with a vision to create music from an unlikely, unique blend of cultural backgrounds, Shubha has managed to bring together a versatile and talented bunch of musicians from across the globe on there critically acclaimed EP ‘Taal Sutra’ that effortlessly combines the aesthetics of funk, dub, jazz and blues with folk and classical traditions from Nepal and the Himalayas.
Allan Shrestha: Drums / percussion
Ganga Thapa: Guitar / vocals
Shubha Giri: Guitar / vocals / percussion
Oli Arlotto: Saxophone
Robyn Hemmings: Bass
Cormet Comi: Keyboards
The evening will continue with the DJs Volta45 and Mr Mogambo