Folk with Altitude : Chouk Bwa Libète & The Hanoi Masters

7.30pm to 11pm @ The Southbank Centre Roof Gardens

£14 online

Nest Collective Presents Special Events

The Nest Collective and Southbank Centre present an acoustic double bill as Folk with Altitude returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden for a third year, providing a summer soundtrack to the London skyline.

Gather on The Southbank Roof Garden to hear a moving double bill of Haitian and Vietnamese music.

Chouk Bwa Libète

Chouk Bwa Libète continue the tradition of Haitian ‘mizik rasin’, or ‘roots music’, staying close to the essential elements of Vodou culture: rhythm and dance. Their songs are a blend of traditional songs and original compositions by Jean Claude ‘Sambaton’ Dorvil. The drummers are unanimously recognized as masters of their instrument in the Vodou communities of Gonaives, in Northern Haiti, and the band’s vast knowledge of Vodou rhythms is on display in their debut album.

‘A wonderful example of the pure, unbridled joy of Haitian roots music – Mizik Rasin – and its Vodou-based rural songs and dances. More than a crafted art form, the music of Chouk Bwa Libète arose in waves of percussion, vocals and movement that seemed authentically inspired right in the moment and communicated nothing but the sheer joy of sharing exactly that particular, unique musical moment’ (Wall Street International)

The Hanoi Masters

The Hanoi Masters’ album War Is A Wound, Peace Is A Scar is a haunting collection, recorded in the summer of 2014 with Grammy Award-winning producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Malawi Mouse Boys).

The songs are performed by elderly Vietnamese musicians using half-forgotten traditional instruments.

These musicians all have deep personal connections to the upheavals of the Vietnam War and the album’s mood navigates the blurred line between raw beauty and sadness.

This special performance marks the Masters’ first time ever travelling outside their home nation, 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War.

‘This is not simply a historical exercise; the songs feel alive and raw, as if the performers are acting as mediums for the horrors their countrymen endured’ (The Guardian)


Your ticket gives you exclusive access to the garden for the event. Please note that there is limited seating, other than the grass, and some views of the musicians may be obscured. There is a wet weather contingency for this show.

Chouk Bwa Libète

The Hanoi Masters

Venue Info:
The Southbank Centre Roof Gardens

The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

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