Woodburner is proud to present our weekly festival, every Tuesday at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden through the summertime, with afro-latin jazz quintet Waaju, world dance experience Noga Ritter, and black female and non-binary choir Nawi Collective.
Waaju believe in highlighting the world's connection through less familiar creative collaboration. Encapsulating influence from a number of cultures across Africa, South America & beyond, the band delves deeper to leave behind preconception & promote forces largely unexplored in a Western context.
Originally from Israel, Noga Ritter is a singer-songwriter and workshop leader. Singing in Hebrew and English, Noga Ritter‘s music melds Afro grooves and jazz together with her new full 9 piece band, bringing together a wealth of London’s finest musicians. Her sincere and forceful lyrics depict a vast range of subjects and themes from personal experiences to political messages.
”Noga Ritter’s 9-piece band showcases the craftwork of boundary pushing artists within London's fusion music scene. Through Afro driven grooves and jazz interpretations, the collective rework and fuse Noga's original material, defying music genres. With a big band and an undeniable vocal conviction, Noga’s ecstatic stage performance tempts audiences to give their bodies to a unifying diasporic journey in dance and rhythm.” - Rebecca Lea Mastrorocco, Rhythm Passport
After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and LCCM, Noga has performed and collaborated with musicians from around the world, singing in various languages and genres. She released an album and toured with her former band VOCAL GLOBAL, and has also worked with Mike King Collective, The Grand Union Orchestra, Abdoulaye Samb and Minnjiaraby (Senegal), Jyotsna Srikanth (India), Sahad & The Natal Patchwork (Senegal), Sura Susso (Gambia) and Randolph Matthews.
Noga enjoys travelling the world with her music, learning from other cultures and creating exciting cultural collaborations. She was recently awarded funding from Help Musicians UK and the Arts Council England to travel to Senegal to collaborate with local musicians, perform at festivals and record.
Founded in September 2017, Nawi Collective is a London-based black women and non-binary femmes vocal ensemble, unapologetically singing for justice to reclaim their time in honour of their ancestors. Nawi Collective's first year and a half in existence has been a busy one: from leading crowds in song at Black Pride UK 2018 and showing solidarity with those on hunger strike at Yarl's Wood detention centre, to performances at the Jazz Café (London) and Tate Britain's 'Late At Tate’.
The ensembles' latest project, Black Cultural Activism Map, was commissioned by the Stuart Hall Foundation and explored black resistance in Britain through original songs and vocal sound-beds they developed during several sessions of deep sharing and composition. Through song they honoured their ancestors and documented people of the African and Caribbean diaspora who have dedicated their lives to fighting for social justice in communities across the UK.
About This Event
Since our first season in 2013, our event at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has always inspired audiences in a unique and thrilling way. This season of events captures the essence of a weekend rural festival in the centre of Dalston on a Tuesday evening.
The phenomenal surrounds of the garden combine with delicious pizzas from David Latto, and a supreme and ever-evolving roster of acts, to create a magical atmosphere which brings people together in a friendly and welcoming space.
It's a community of music-lovers joined to celebrate the warm months in a carefree and supportive atmosphere, with a compelling live soundtrack.
£7 Advance (until Friday 30th August)
£8 Last Minute
PLEASE NOTE this is an outdoor concert which will go ahead regardless of the weather. Please bring appropriate clothing, including waterproofs if rain is forecast.
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Album Review: Waaju – Waaju [Olindo Records; May 2018]
Waaju’s self-titled first LP came out in May to a small crowd in Swan’s Wharf, during the Giant Steps summer residency. The evening was atmospheric, enticing and exceptionally hot. The old warehouse was filled with the diverse sounds of Waaju, an Afro-Latin quintet based in London. You will recognise the…