Nubiyan Twist

A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to create a unique, infectious sound drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.

 “Their second album recognises no borders.” – Mojo

“Funky, virtuoso, progressive… an impressive collection of rich rhythm bars” Buzz “A bombastic salvo of jive-inducing sonic influences. Undeniably infectious.” – NARC

Orchestrated by guitarist/producer Tom Excell, the epic 10 piece live show features a 4 piece horn section, 3 vocalists, electronics and an international (Brazil/UK) rhythm section to create a powerful and unforgettable experience equally at home lighting up late-night festival headliner slots or selling out jazz venues across Europe.

Their second album on Strut Records came out in February 2019 to huge global acclaim. Featuring guest appearanes from afro titans Tony Allen and Mulatu Astatke, it has cemented their position as one of the most exciting bands in the world right now.

Their 2015 debut album Nubiyan Twist received strong support across the jazz, world and hiphop press, with support from sources as diverse as Huey Walker, David Rodigan, Craig Charles, The Independent, Songlines, Afropunk and SBTV. This was followed up with the Siren Song EP in 2016, and the Dance Inna London EP in 2017 (featuring 80s dancehall legend Supercat), with a 2nd album schedule for Autumn 2018.

Since their humble beginnings at Leeds College of Music, the band have performed on huge stages across the world, being chosen by David Byrne to perform at Queen Elizabeth Hall for the South Bank’s Meltdown Festival, selling out London’s iconic Jazz Cafe, and rocking festival stages from Fusion to Wilderness, Boomtown to Edinburgh Jazz Festival, with their powerful sound and unique blend of styles.

“A beautiful blend of groovy dub with uplifting horns and soulful vocals” – The Guardian

“Celebratory… packs a heavy punch” – Afropunk