Raka + Samaïa promise an evening of glorious sounds from all over the Balkans, Georgia and many more. Both rich in folklore tradition, they bring to life a genuinely authentic repertoire for a nourishing live music experience.
Raka are an 8 piece ensemble who play traditional music from the Balkans. They take their name after a traditional Bulgarian dance the ‘Raka,’ full of leg kicks, clicking heels and hands held high, the unmistakable groove of a ‘Raka‘ brings everyone to their feet. Their music has a strong focus in the folk traditions of Bulgaria and Macedonia, as well as the Romani music that span far and wide across the Balkans. Their meandering musical tributaries have all led them to one communal river: the love and commitment to understanding and interacting with the music of the Balkans. They do not play ‘fusion music’, and neither do they imitate. They bring to life a genuinely authentic repertoire wherever they are, from sweaty back rooms of North London clubs to concert halls on the banks of the Thames. They took the dance for their name as that’s what they love to do best: to move. A heart rending lament can move the body as much as a pounding Bulgarian Pravo, and in Raka they have made space for both, and everything in between.
"Absolutely magnificent, no one can sit still listening to Raka!" DJ Ritu, A World in London - Resonance FM
“Raka burst with traditional Balkan flair, the group earn their title as the essential act of the weekend.” Eva Hibbs, Nightshift Magazine
Echoes of traditional song
Eléonore Fourniau, Noémie Nael and Luna Silva; these three artists found themselves around their love of song and rich polyphonic music. Eleonore leads her career in the turkish and kurdish scene, Noémie and Luna are both singer-songwriters with their own projects, the first as a chanson singer and the second in the folk/world genre. Together, they beat outside the trodden paths and unite their voices through creations that stem in traditional songs that they have each brought back from their travels. A unique moment of vocal honeydew and female strength is offered to the public to create a rare acoustic moment.
In this way, with a surprising assemblage of languages (swedish, turkish, kurdish, georgian, spanish, etc ) is born the sound, the colour Samaïa.
£6 Early Bird
£10 on the door