Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra

The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra formed in late 2007 when members of the Kidkanevil live show and First Word stalwarts Homecut began a series of late night afrobeat sessions at Leeds’ Sela Bar. It was out of these jam sessions that The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra was born, combining their love of afrobeat with their appreciation of the space jazz pioneers of the 70’s and the free jazz trailblazers of the 60’s, coupled with a hefty nod towards James Brown. Individually they have been lucky enough to Perform with the likes of Yarah Bravo, Gilad Atzmon, Jehst, The New Mastersounds, The Haggis horns, Kidkanevil, Homecut, Kissey Asplund and Ty, to name a few. Their debut album was released back in 2010 to widespread acclaim, with BBC Radio 2′s Jamie Cullum describing it as one of his ‘Sounds & Albums of the year’. Their second album ‘Towards Other Worlds’ was released in late 2012, taking the blueprint of the first album and pushing it into new directions. Look out for their live show at a venue near you soon.


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