Preview: Ariwo @ Giant Steps (London; Saturday 25th May 2019)

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Yes, we know, there won’t be another Bank Holiday weekend in a while, but that’s even more of a good reason to spend this Bank Holiday Saturday in music!

The added fact that it’ll arguably be the jazziest jam of the month, and it’s entirely free, makes it a more than acceptable cause for postponing your long-weekend out-of-town plans to enjoy Ariwo at Giant Steps on May 25th.

The Anglo-Iranian-Cuban outfit is back in the saddle with a new album, titled Quasi and released by Manana//Records, which has already been picked as album of the month by Gilles Peterson on BBC6, and new shows around the UK. You will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the first live displays of their new material with the added bonus of a bunch of top-notch London musicians as supporting acts, canal side views and summery vibes.

So, get ready to get lost in Ariwo’s atmospheric electronica, mesmerising Cuban rhythms and almost transcendental grooves to set your Bank Holiday in motion in a one-of-a-kind way.

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