‘Vula Viel have created something that sounds both cool and funky.’ Evening Standard
‘Dance to it, make love to it’ Iggy Pop
Vula Viel was formed in 2013 by Bex Burch. After studying at Guildhall and training as a classical percussionist, she embarked on a life-changing three-year period living, farming and studying with xylophone master Thomas Segura in Upper West Ghana. The band’s name means ‘Good is Good’ in the Dagaare language. After being mentored in the deep traditions around the gyil, a large African xylophone made of sacred lliga wood, Burch began the journey to bring the instrument into her own music.
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