Olivia with Suns of Arqa at “Un-convention”

The legendary Suns of Arqa bring their mys­tic­al and utterly com­pel­ling mix cosmic dub, spir­itu­al raga and tran­scend­ent­al global beats to Band on the Wall for a night of mind-blow­ing music.
Since the first Suns of Arqa release many turns of the sun ago, Brit­ish music has been richly embel­lished by such acts as Trans­g­lob­al Under­ground; Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart; The Orb; Loop Guru and the Afro-Celt Sound System, each with their own ways of explor­ing the same cul­tur­al com­mo­tions that have so glor­i­ously dis­tin­guished Wadada’s work. All these groups owe a debt to the pion­eer­ing Suns of Arqa.
Suns of Arqa cre­at­or and mentor Michael Wadada began his col­lab­or­at­ive record­ings with Revenge of the Moz­abites in 1979 with Adrian Sher­wood, and was sub­sequently invited by Peter Gab­ri­el to per­form at the very first WOMAD Fest­iv­al. Over the years, Suns of Arqa have included musi­cians from around the globe, inter­pret­ing the vari­ous indi­gen­ous, tribal and clas­sic­al folk tra­di­tions.

Some of the world’s most renowned tal­ents have con­trib­uted to this col­lect­ive includ­ing 808 State’s Graham Massey (single Govinda’s Dream), Finlay Quaye/Sounds From the Ground/Kopeikin/Youth/MuslimGauze (Remixes Vol. 2 & 3), John Cooper Clarke/Professor Stan­ley Unwin (album Suns of Arqa Meet The Gayan Utte­jak Orches­tra), Eric Random (album Land of a Thou­sand Churches) and Astralasia (album Total Eclipse of the Suns).
Prince Far-I can be also be heard on A Brief His­tory of Suns Of Arqa, and Suns of Arqa Live with Prince Far-I before his murder in 1982. In the early days Suns of Arqa appeared on the turntables of The Orb’s Alex Pat­ter­son, and Wadada later toured with The Orb, play­ing sitar on their Octo­ber 1998 tour. Releas­ing a rare style of “cereb­ral-illus­ive cos­mo­lo­gic­al vibra­tions of raga” since 1979, Cosmic Jugal­bandi, the 14th full length release, marks the 20th Anniversary Edi­tion of Arka Sound and is yet anoth­er uplift­ing col­lect­ors gem already avail­able in Europe.

On Novem­ber 10, 2012 5:30 pm

At Nia Centre, Chichester Road, Hulme, Manchester

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