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Please note, this event takes place at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross.
Forward-thinking UK group Vula Viel released their sophomore album Do Not Be Afraid on 25 January 2019, continuing their unique musical journey centred around the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone).
Described as ‘Ghanaian minimalism’, with the unassuming ability to blur the lines between atmospheres – Vula Viel’s sound may nod to Steve Reichian jazz, but influences don’t stop there: one can hear echoes of Bill Laswell and the irresistible energy of Arthur Russell.
In Bex’s own words: ‘I have loved making this music. The incredible Dagaare systems which form the foundation have given me the structure on which to write tunes, craft grooves and choose my own meanings. I’ve gone deeper into what moves me in the Dagaare music, the fundamentals – asymmetry, space and chaos. I love how Do Not Be Afraid feels – a totally unusual and unique groove.’
For the second time, Kings Place partners with Cubitt Sessions and ventures into the local area, this time in the new shopping district, Coal Drops Yard. The full festival runs from Wednesday 24 July – Sunday 4 August, with 3 days of ‘Kings Place Presents…’ stages, showcasing just a handful of our diverse and eclectic artists, from world music ensemble Kabantu, spectacular sonic theatre with the Perhaps Contraption to high class cabaret and sultry jazz standards from the fast-rising Cherise Adams-Burnett etc. Join us for an electrifying live music programme in one of the largest and most exciting redevelopments in London.