Bossaphonik is firmly established as Oxford's hub for live jazz-dance and world-dance.

Established in October 2004 by Dan Ofer and Gil Karpas, it has blossomed into a celebratory night and has played host to over 100 different great bands.

It has become something of a movement and community of people passionate about quality of live music, and of course, dancing the night away.

So come on down and chill with your friends for the first hour while the DJs play nourishing music for the mind and soul, experience the energy of a wicked live band, then dance your socks off to the most tasteful jazz dance and global beats till the early hours!



Friday 24th June, 8pm-1.30am,
Live band starts at 9pm

June’s Bossaphonik night in on Friday 24th and for the first time in Oxord we’re delighted to welcome The Fontanas.

Rooted in soul and soaked in funky Latin & Brazilian influences, The Fontanas have found the sweet spot between tight funk grooves and swinging Latin rhythms.  Taking a range of influences from the likes of The Dap Kings and Banda Black Rio, The Fontanas have built a solid live reputation through a series of knockout European tours and headline festival performances. 

Featuring the inimitable Kay Elizabeth on vocals and harnessed by producer and band leader Sam Fontanas, the 7 piece band come together to produce a sound which packs in Brazilian percussion alongside a killer brass section and delivered via a squad of friends and musicians who play alongside the likes of Incognito, Alice Russell and Mr Scruff. 

2020 saw the EP release which included their modern day version of Brazilian classic ‘Capoeira Mata Um’ that received generous airplay from Cerys Matthews on BBC6 Music amongst others. 
With time on their hands in lockdown, the band set to work on completing their much anticipated 2nd album which includes a selection of singles and guest remixes to support the release. 

Opening single ‘Love Be The Weapon’ welcomes producer Jon Moon (Amy Whinehouse/Back To Black) into the Fontanas familia to deliver a super charged traditional funk anthem, with a vintage Daptone studio feel that sits at home amongst the best modern funk pioneers.  The album 'The Luxury Of Time' draws on a range of influences from vintage soul and funk to heavyweight Latin and Brazilian grooves and skilfully fuses these elements together to form a modern day dance record ideally placed for changing times.  

“I'm loving it” - BBC6 Music, Craig Charles 

“Groovy, funky, and soulful...The Fontanas 
have it all” - Radio WKRP, LA  

The Fontana’s have consistently been one of my favourite bands to play at Bestival - returning time after time due to their amazing vibe and party feel - I am always dragging mates to see them and no one is ever disappointed! They rock!”- Kate Jackman. Head Bestival Producer 

Check out some a recent video with elaborate animation of The Fontanas:
And some live videos:

Following the live gig is a Bossaphonik club session with DJs Bossaphonik Dan and DJ Badger til 2am spinning:
Jazz Funk * Afrobeat * Latin Jazz * Brazilica * Cumbia * Global Hip Hop * Balkan Beats * Soul Jazz * Electro Swing * Future Soul * Nu Jazz Bizniz!

Friday 24th June
Bossaphonik Presents The Fontanas
Cowley Workers Social Club, Between Towns Road, OX4 3LZ (near Cowley shopping centre. Frequent Bus 1,5,10 from City Centre goes up Cowley Road, stops directly outside the venue, runs til 3am)
8pm – 1.30am
Live band starts at 9pm *now earlier start!*
£12 adv ( / £12 student ID / £15 door

Hope to see ya there!


Friday 22nd July, 8pm-1.30am,
Live band starts at 9pm

Bossaphonik is excited to welcome back the Brighton collective Lakuta after the highly memorable performance they gave us in 2017. One of the Bossaphonik highlights of that year, Lakuta deliver the dancefloor heat in a sweet colourful set with influences of Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz and tropical flavours.

A multi cultural 7 piece fronted by the charisma of Kenyan vocalist Siggi Mwasote with band members that hail a heritage from Ghana, Malaysia, Spain and the UK. The band boast a dazzling full horn section and fiery multi-part percussion and drum section, guitar, bass and drums. Also making an appearance on some special tracks is the West African kora.

Lakuta are signed to award winning label Tru Thoughts, a label that helped launch the careers of the likes of Quantic, Alice Russell and Bonobo and is also home to Omar, Hot 8 Brass Band and Afronaught amongst many others.

Lakuta released their debut 10 track LP “Brothers & Sisters” in 2016. Here’s what some people have said about it-

“A gnat’s whisker from landing the August album of the month… a lovely new find… championing a more open-minded attitude to culture and tradition… topical and tropical” – 5/5  Blues & Soul Magazine

“Perfect!...I really love that. Amazing Afrobeat-influenced sound”  Laurren Laverne  BBC 6 Music

“I’ve been very impressed by what I’ve heard”  Craig Charles BBC 6 Music

“...Lakuta sets out its stall with passion and energy here on Brothers & Sisters’ opening track Bata Boy, an urgent, turbulent tirade of Fela-style Afro-rock with proudly riffing horns supporting Siggi Mwasote’s rejection of homophobic attitudes”   The Independent

Check out some videos of Lakuta:

Here is a live performance of a number of songs:


Following the live gig is a Bossaphonik club session with guest DJ Daniel Prince, a DJ of 25 years with a soundsystem going under the name of “Seclectic Sounds.” He is joined by Bossaphonik resident DJ Dan Ofer and together they will treat the dancefloor to sounds of...
Jazz Funk * Afrobeat * Afro Jazz * Latin Jazz * Brazilica * Cumbia * Global Hip Hop * Balkan Beats * Soul Jazz * Electro Swing * Global Grooves * Nu Jazz Bizniz!


Friday 22nd July
Bossaphonik Presents Lakuta + DJ Daniel Prince and DJ Dan Ofer
Cowley Workers Social Club, Between Towns Road, OX4 3LZ (Near Templars Square Shopping Centre. Bus 1,5,10 from City Centre goes up Cowley Road til 3am. Stops directly outside venue)
8pm – 1:30am Band on at 9pm
£12 advance ( / £12 student ID on door / £15 door

Hope to see you there!

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