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When: First Sat and third Fri of the month, 22:00-03:00
Where: The Fountain, Regent Street
T: 01223 366540
Cost: Free
The deal: Why, it’s world breaks, Latin jazz, Brazilian beats, Balkan mayhem and nu-jazz bizniz from those likely lads Gil Karpas and DJ Skunk at The Fountain. Jazteka has two sides to it – the first Saturday of the month showcases a more global sound while the third Friday of the month is more funk based with the odd bit of rare groove and italian bossa jazz thrown in for good measure. Double the fun!

The Pepal Tree festival
raising funds for OXFAM & Batafon arts

Saturday 27th October & Sunday 28th October - The Bharat Bhavan Cambridge

Saturday 27th october 7pm Bharat Bhavan

A night of international music and dance featuring performances from Matoke featuring Ali Baba (Soweto influenced African Jazz) - Sunday driver (global beats) - P'changas (West African Djembe music) + DJ Okra (Toujours Afrique, 209 radio). Tickets are £6 on the door and all money goes to Oxfam's ongoing development and emergency response work. For info call Lucas on 07790 996845

Sunday 28th October 11am The Bharat Bhavan (Mill Road Cambridge)

Experience and learn West African Drumming, dance and song with Ali Baba Bangoura maitre Djembe Fola (master drummer) from Guinee Conakry, West Africa.

Ali will be teaching Djembe drumming for all ages and abilities at 11am, and is known for his humour and clarity as a teacher. The class is £10, and we will have some drums to borrow (booking is essential) Then at 2pm Ali will teach West African dance explaining the stories and meaning behind the dance. This class is also £10, wear light, comfortable clothing. There is a discount for those wishing to take the classes together.

A November Heatwave
Get the sands of the Sahara and the Copacabana between your toes

The debut UK tour from the Sahara’s new king of the desert blues and Britain’s ambassadors of Samba.

After two years of sell-out concerts, Heatwave presents the boldest and most adventurous musical dates of 2007, a summit between VIEUX FARKA TOURÉ’s Timbuktu grooves and ZEEP’s Copacabana cool on a 10-night tour beginning November 15.

THU 15th NOV – BRISTOL St George's 0845 40 24 001

FRI 16th NOV – TOTNES Dartington Hall 01803 847 070

SAT 17th NOV – LEICESTER The Phoenix 0116 255 4854

SUN 18th NOV – LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall 0871 663 2500 (part of the London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3)

TUE 20th NOV – BRIGHTON Pavilion Theatre, Brighton Dome 01273 709 709

WED 21st NOV – DERBY Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800

THU 22nd NOV – MILTON KEYNES The Stables 01908 280 800

FRI 23rd NOV – READING Concert Hall 0118 960 6060

SAT 24th NOV – SOUTHPORT Southport Arts Centre 01704 540 011

SUN 25th NOV – GLASGOW The Arches 0870 240 7528

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
4 November 2007 - LONDON Cargo
22 November 2007 - NORWICH Arts Centre

Mali's ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate will be making a welcome return to the UK this November - together with his hugely talented band Ngoni Ba and the amazing vocalist Ami Sacko. They paid their first visit to the UK this summer when they won over audiences and critics alike at WOMAD and other festivals across Europe. Following the critically acclaimed release of Bassekou Kouyate's debut album 'Segu Blue' earlier this year, the 7-piece group went on to wow audiences and critics alike with their rocking, high energy performances, establishing themselves as one of the most exciting live acts of the moment.

Oi Va Voi
...with support from Gil Karpas
Tuesday 13th november | doors 7pm
“Wild, bewildering, enthralling.” - The Independent
£12 (£10 adv) 01223 511511

Larry Harlow’s Latin Legends of FANIA
15 piece salsa orchestra
Adalberto Santiago, Yomo Toro, Lewis Kahn,
Bobby Sanabria and Nicky Marrero+ special guest DJ Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1)
Presented by Como No at The Roundhouse as part of the London Jazz FestivalSaturday November 17th

Taraf de Haidouks + Forty Thieves Orkestar
On tour this November

Monday 26 LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall
0871 663 2505 /

Tuesday 27 MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
0161 907 9000 /

Wednesday 28 BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
0121 780 3333 /

Thursday 29 BASINGSTOKE Anvil
01256 844 244 /

The Taraf are back in the UK to play four dates only this November.

Johnny Depp said “the Taraf de Haidouks are the greatest musicians I know - they play a music which expresses the most intense joy, and have this gift to make you feel alive” when he gave them their BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. The Kronos Quartet have played with these fantastic Romanian gypsy musicians, they feature in the new film Gypsy Caravan, and The Independent called them “wonderful entertainers and one of the planet's great live acts”. Their shows burst with intense passion and overflowing energy - they're guaranteed to get the audience dancing in the aisles.