Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare, the language of the tribe in Upper West Ghana where Bex Burch lived, farmed and studied for three years. Now it’s the name of her trio featuring the best of London’s young music talent: Jim Hart (drums) and Ruth Goller (bass)
Their intensely rhythmic music is an engaging mix of African, punk, electronica and minimalist influences. Based around the Gyil (the Dagaare xylophone made of sacred lliga wood) Vula Viel create something new and vital.
This music will engage, entrance and excite your soul. Vula Viel started making waves in 2015 when they quickly caught the attention of the Royal Festival Hall promotors and played a sold out show at the Purcell Rooms. Followed in December 2015 with another sold out gig at Ronnie Scott’s for the opening of the London Jazz Festival, at which Burch took an axe to wood and tuned a xylophone key live on BBC radio 3, the Guardian names them the “unexpected stars of a glitzy show”.
The debut album got attention from The Guardian, Songlines, Jazzwise, FT, Evening Standard and the support of Gilles Peterson and Iggy Pop. Their new trio line-up and repertoire with deeper meanings makes Vula Viel ripe to develop their presence and profile across the World. Releasing their second album ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ in spring 2018, Vula Viel sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before.
“Beautiful .. Dance to it, Make Love to it, Consume it, Listen to it, Stare at the Clouds to it.. That music deserves good reactions!”
“One of my discoveries for the London Jazz Festival… Good is Good”
“One of the most exciting young UK groups I’ve heard this year, Vula Viel”
Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3