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Improvised Music Company in association with Dublin City Council & The Big Bang Festival

Hotter than July 2016

A family-friendly celebration of the cultural diversity in our city, Hotter than July moves to Smithfield Square for a FREE daytime event full of feel-good rhythms and infectious melodies from South America, Eastern Europe, India, West Africa and of course West Clare.

Now in it’s 3rd year, Hotter than July is presented by Improvised Music Company and Dublin City Council, in association with the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, celebrating music and dance from around the world

The euphoric energy and rhythm of Carnival will be yours for the tasting, as Brazilian street theatre troupe Maracatu Ilha Brilhante bring out the Irish passion for Brazilian culture with their infectious percussive rhythms. (watch here)

The collective momentum of the Big Bang African Dance Project, led by acclaimed choreographer Catherine Young will raise the roof with traditional West African dance styles and live beats. (watch here)

Navá weave a unique fusion of ancient Persian and Irish music, with a nod to Appalachian bluegrass in this beguiling Iranian-Irish quintet. (listen here)

i4Drum harmoniously blend beats from across continents with Indian, African and Irish percussion, featuring Tabla virtuoso Debajyoti Sanyal from India and celebrated Sarode player Mattu Noone.

Congolese guitarist and vocalist Niwel Tsumbu trades in good vibrations with powerful virtuosic expression straight from his roots. (listen here)

Northern Irish, dance driven, folk fusion outfit Balkan Alien Sound, celebrate cultural diversity through a musical mix of Irish, Klezmer, Gypsy and Balkan styles. (listen here)

Fresh new sounds from Fakoli inject your musical soul with their irresistible rhythms, songs and dances of the Mandingue region of West Africa, modern day Guinea and Mali.

Jiggy, putting some serious pep in the step of Irish music, fuse vocal lilting & beatboxing, Irish traditional music, hip hop dance grooves, world music rhythms and harmonies. (listen here)

We also have a very special secret guest; a Saharan blues star whose name we will unveil a few days before the event!

As ever, we will finish the evening with our traditional Big Bang Finale, so bring your hand drums, your dancing shoes, an open mind and an umbrella and let's get this party started!

Hotter than July is a feel-good celebration of community, culture, creativity and diversity, with high quality music performances from Irish-based and international acts. Everybody welcome!

Here is the running order:

15.00 Maracatu Ilha Brihante
15.20 Big Bang African Dance Project
15.50 Niwel Tsumbu Trio
16.15 Maracatu Stage performance
16.40 ***** Special Guest *****
17.20 Fakoli
17.50 Indian Melody
18.10 i4Drum
18.45 Nava
19.15 Balkan Alien Sound
20.00 Jiggy
20.40 Jiggy- Maracatu-Big Bang Finale

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