If it says ‘Peppery’ on the poster,

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free festival of world music

GLOBAL RHYTHM - Now in it’s 6th year, Ipswich's annual free festival of world music is a colourful and exciting celebration of worldwide culture, showcasing the best world and roots music and dance in the perfect setting of Christchurch Park.

This year the Peppery Stage has been renamed in memory of Martin Burley, a founding member of Peppery Productions, to recognise his contribution to the musical life of Ipswich and Suffolk. 

The lineup on the MARTIN BURLEY PEPPERY STAGE includes Ska, Country, Afrobeat, Bollywood and more.  There’s rollin’ reggae and skankin’ ska from the GOLDMASTER ALLSTARS.  In a treat for Americana fans THE WANGFORD FOUR will feature HANK WANGFORD and one of the world’s finest pedal steel players BJ COLE.  South Indian violin star JYOTSNA SRIKANTH joins BOLLYWOOD BRASS BAND on stage for their “CARNATIC CONNECTIONS” show.  And to round off the afternoon DELE SOSIMI'S AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA will bring their joyous and uplifting sounds to the park.

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Authentic Cuban Son

Son Yambu play authentic Cuban Son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African music that gave rise to Salsa. They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin music experience.


(Join them before the gig for an introductory Cuban dance workshop at 7pm. This adds just £2.50 to the ticket price. You will be offered this option when you book)


"The real sound of Santiago de Cuba" (Simon Broughton, Evening Standard)

"Absolutely tremendous" (Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio3)

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1 Big Multicultural Festival

with added Peppery music on the main stage

Peppery are working with the Bangladeshi Support Group to programme the main stage at this unique event which celebrates the diversity in Ipswich and Suffolk as a whole, bringing communities together through music, dance, arts and crafts, and food in a fun environment. See www.bscentre.org.uk for details. Acts include Peppery's favourite Cuban band Son Yambu, and Alejandro Toledo's Full Attack Band (formerly the Magic Tombelinos).

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Global Rhythm

free festival of world music

This year’s Peppery Stage at Global Rhythm again features award winning artists, many of whom will go on later in the summer to star at major festivals such as Womad and Africa Oye. The line up is:-

Shikor Bangladesh All Stars – six of the country’s best traditional musicians who are in the UK for the first time (and also appearing at Womad). After their set they'll be joined on stage by Lokkhi Terra who add Congolese, Cuban and township jazz grooves to the mix. With special guest Dele Sosimi (ex Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 and music advisor to the west end musical “Fela”)

She'Koyokh“One of the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet” (The Australian) fronted by award winning Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, and nominated for “Best Group” in the 2015 Songlines Awards.

West African palm-wine and highlife from ABDUL TEEJAY'S ROKOTO (from Sierra Leone/Guinea) - described in the Guardian as "The best exponents of African dance music").

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with support - South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble

Up-and-coming Latin jazz vocalist Noemi Nuti presents a special evening of Brazilian and Cuban music with a jazz twist. She will be joined by leading UK trumpeter Quentin Collins(trumpet/flugelhorn), Andrew McCormack (piano) and world-class drummer Ernesto Simpson, who has played with some of the greatest musicians such as Herbie Hancock and Omar SosaRounding out the quintet is 'British Jazz Award Rising Talent' Tim Thornton on bass. Expect Latin standards, original songs and classic Brazilian Bossa Novas, in which Noemi has a special interest, as well as material from Noemi’s debut album on Ubuntu Music, Nice to Meet You. This is a joint Peppery/Jazz East promotion as part of the inaugural Ipswich jazz Festival which runs from 19th - 28th June, with concerts, workshops, pub sessions etc across the town. See www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk for the full festival programme. 

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Grounded in authentic Spanish traditions, Calaita Flamenco Son’s innovative flamenco combines passionate vocals, awe-inspiring guitar virtuosity, intense percussion and jazz-inflected saxophone.

Calaita Flamenco Son was formed by Sevillan singer and guitarist Chico Pere, guitarist Glenn Sharp and percussionist Leo Paredes. The trio soon expanded to include Diana Castro’s soulful Spanish vocals and Matt Nickson’s jazz-inflected saxophone.

“ A wonderful experience, a true journey into the flamenco spirit” - LICA

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