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 in every corner of the world.

Azadoota’s 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 littleknown nation, Robin sings catchy originals in his native Assyrian Aramaic.

Azadoota is unique as the only band worldwide who perform for mainstream audiences in the Assyrian language, the native tongue of Iraq’s indigenous people, classified by UNESCO as “Definitely Endangered”.

With three generations of family members on stage, including 13-year-old Josh on piano, Azadoota’s catchy melodies herald a renaissance of their ancient culture, while a driving rhythm section gives new life to traditional dance beats. Featuring Assyrian musicians from across the globe, the band performs in costumes inspired by their ancient royal ancestors.

Over their 25-year history, Azadoota’s albums have garnered rave reviews at home and overseas, and their song “Lishana” has become an anthem for Assyrians living in the diaspora. Hailed as “the act that sums up the WOMAD spirit”, Azadoota delivers an extravaganza of contemporary Assyrian dance-rock Worldbeat.

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