Cape Town-based Ottoman Slap will heal your wounds, allay your sorrows and soothe your soul as they weave their music, originating in the soul of itinerant folk musicians and travellers.
Their eclectic musical offering includes traditional pieces and adaptations of folk songs from places such as Romania, Andalusia and Algeria, as well as original compositions influenced by Balkan and Middle Eastern music, with mesmerising Tribal Fusion bellydance as the highlight.
They strike a resonance between local and global music by weaving together Middle Eastern and Cape rhythms along with vocals in Spanish, Roma and Afrikaans. Instruments include saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, saw, mandolin, guitar, accordion, double bass, darbuka, daf, riq, cajÃ³n, zils and castanets.
It is a fascinating fusion of world styles and, importantly, an integration of dance and music, drawing on themes of cultural movement, rootlessness and restlessness.
In the words of Ottoman Slap percussionist James van Minnen: The band formed around our passion for what is considered exotic music. Although it may seem counter-intuitive to be playing Middle-Eastern, Balkan and Mediterranean- inspired music in South of Africa, for some reason, there is something in these cultures that we feel at home with and which feels like a very natural stylistic form of expression for us. These artistic styles and culture are deeply embedded in many things we in the Western world consider as normal domestic and native.
This unique blend of music and dance is a feast for the senses, simultaneously shedding new light on traditional culture and finding common roots.
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**PLEASE NOTE: DINNER FROM 6.30/7PM. SHOW TO START AT 8.30PM