ARIWO are a Cuban/Iranian four-piece focused on the rich intersection between electronic music, Afro-Cuban rhythm, UK Jazz and Iranian mysticism.
The word Ariwo means “Noise” in Yoruba. The name was selected to underline the band’s desire to combine traditional rhythms into a live electronic performance that challenges perceptions of ancestral music, and connects diverse cultures from around the world.
The band brings together acclaimed Iranian electronic composer, POUYA EHSAEI; Carlos Acosta and Irakere’s Latin Grammy winning 'percussion virtuoso' HAMMADI VALDES; figurehead of London's Cuban music scene, ORESTE NODA; and Ropeadope’s award-winning Jazz trumpeter, JAY PHELPS.
ARIWO have performed twice at London's prestigious Barbican Main Hall and were one of only two UK acts to perform at WOMEX 2018. They were were named one of the ‘5 Acts You Need to Know in 2018’ by Crack Magazine.
Their 2017 eponymous debut album received 4 stars in Songlines and the Evening Standard, as well as glowing reviews in the Wire, Rhythm Passport and Stamp the Wax. Their single 'To Earth' has over 300,000 plays on Spotify and was listed on Phonica Records' top 50 tracks of 2017.
Their new album, will be released later this year on MANANA//Records and features guest musicians Joe-Armon Jones (Ezra Collective), Binker Golding (Binker & Moses), Shirley Tetteh (Kokoroko) and Yelfris Valdes (Quantic).