Nubiyan Twist are a 10 piece musical collective founded by producer and guitarist Tom Excell. The group draw on their backgrounds in jazz, reggae and soul, with a fusion of afro-beat and latin rhythms, to create a modern sound that embraces live electronics alongside traditional instrumentation and jazz inspired improvisation.
A culmination of musicians, DJ's and producers alike Nubiyan Twist boasts a 4 piece horn section, 5 piece rhythm section, 4 part vocal harmonies, live dubs and electronics. Every member brings their own musical strengths and their live show has intimate moments allowing each talent to shine, however the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts with powerful, full arrangements seamlessly transitioning throughout their performances.
Over the band's 5 year lifespan they have shared stages with the likes of De La Soul, Hot 8 Brass Band, Quantic & Robert Glasper. Their debut album received 4 star reviews from the Independent, Mojo, Songlines, Blues n Soul (to name a few) and has had radio support from David Rodigan, Craig Charles, Trevor Nelson and Huey Morgan.
Based in Bristol, UK, Ilu Axé (pronounced Eloo Ashay) is one of Europe's top Samba-Reggae groups, we play the funky and dynamic percussion of the Blocos-Afros of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil — Samba-Reggae, Afro-Samba and Afoxé.
The group features choreographed drummers and consists of performance groups of different sizes, ranging from a small stage group with drummers and singers, to a large carnaval style Bloco-Afro, featuring up to 40 drummers.
We play original arrangements of traditional and popular rhythms and songs, all rooted in the rhythms, songs and dances of the Orixas, the deities found in the African rooted traditions and practices known as Candomblé.