Vula Viel have been hinting at a new album for a while now, after turning heads with their 2015 outstanding debut album Good is Good and explosive live shows. Entitled Do Not Be Afraid, the upcoming record is due out this year, and it saw bandleader Bex Burch return to western Ghana, to continue studying, making and playing the Gyil, a large xylophone used as a primary instrument by the Dagaare tribe. With the Gyil again taking centre stage, Do Not Be Afraid is influenced by the culture and rhythmic traditions of the Dagaare.
Now a trio, featuring Jim Hart on drums and Ruth Goller on bass, Vula Viel have recently announced a live date at the Vortex Jazz Club in London on May 27th. Known for their exhilarating and entrancing performances, and with the highly anticipated Do Not Be Afraid under their belt, this will be a date not to be missed. Tickets are on sale now, just head here to snap one up.
While we wait for Vula Viel’s new album, revisit their debut Good Is Good on bandcamp and listen to the opening track ‘Yes Yaa Yaa’ below.
In other related good news, we invited Bex Burch to create a guest mixtape for us to get a glimpse into her influences and inspirations. Her mixtape in on its way in May, so keep your ears peeled.