With the spicy heat of ethnic rhythms and the mysterious sounds of an ancient language, Azadoota rouse unsuspecting listeners to their feet and onto dance-floors across the globe.
Founder Robin Zirwanda comes from Iraq, where the Assyrians trace their ancestors back 7000 years. Recognised throughout the diaspora as a goodwill ambassador for his little-known nation, Robin sings catchy originals in his native Assyrian Aramaic language.
Wearing costumes inspired by their royal ancestors, Azadoota’s powerful horn section heralds a renaissance of their ancient culture, while the driving rhythm section gives new life to traditional dance beats.
The band have performed at a diverse range of venues, from the tiniest bush halls to the most well-known festivals including WOMADelaide and Woodford. They draw their audience in with theatrical musicality, presenting a tight, well-crafted and highly entertaining show.
Azadoota’s albums “Planetarian” and “Beyond Bridges” have garnered rave reviews at home and overseas, and their song “Lishana” has become an anthem for Assyrians living in the diaspora.
This summer Azadoota will release three new video singles, starting with the lush and trippy “Mazreta” (Spinning Top), which challenges Assyrians to protect their heritage in order to ensure their future.
Hailed as “the act that sums up the WOMAD spirit”, Azadoota delivers an Assyrian extravaganza of percussive dance-rock worldbeat.