Leeds big band Bassa Bassa, described as “merchants of musical mayhem”, have been around since 1987. In that time over 80 musicians have passed through the ranks of the band’s brass and sax frontline with full rhythm section.
Varying between 9 and 22 members (currently 14) the band has appeared at Glastonbury and WOMAD, made trips to France and Ireland, and featured in many festivals around the UK.
Founded by Sam Paechter and Rachel Richman in 1987, the band caught the rising wave of World Music, but have never been easy to pigeonhole. Strong jazz foundations blend with blasts of ska, latin, african, and funk – always with a colourful and energetic stage presence of musicians who are obviously enjoying themselves.