Helter Skelter With Raka + Mutana

Helter Skelter With Raka + Mutana
Saturday 18 November 2017

Raka + Mutana

Doors: 8pm till Midnight
Entry Price: £6 advance / £8 at the door
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Balkan Folk / Dance * Iraqi Folk *

Raka are a brilliant Balkan collective bringing a heavy dose of upbeat roasters, from high energy dance numbers to heart wrenching laments. Playing music from Bosnia to Bulgaria, they bring traditional styles fused with new arrangements to make you bop ’til you drop.

Mutana is an Arabic troubadour from Baghdad currently based in London. Before leaving Iraq back in 2004, Mutana was the main singer in a Baghdad 5-piece band fusing Arabic tunes with Rumba rhythms. Due to the occupation and the eruption of the civil war in Iraq, all band members left the country for Europe and the United States.

https://soundcloud.com/mutana_troubadour/the-longing-song

Traveling through Europe, Mutana finally arrived to London where he stayed as a refugee for over five years and focused on writing new material, lyrics and songs of his own compositions, recently producing his first album ” Gypsy Road” and filming his first music video of his song Dana Dana (Pearl, Pearl). He is also re-making some of Iraq’s well known traditional folkloric songs played on gypsy chords and keys.

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