Balabam, South Tottenham

Balabam South Tottenham!

Balabam! Just like that South Tottenham has gained a fab new music venue / community pub / hangout.

Both Stamford Hill and South Tottenham have an important and fascinating musical history (on which, more another time). So it is doubly fantastic for our area to play host to a venue that clearly puts the love of music so full-square at the centre of what it does. Not least after London has lost so many brilliant venues in recent years to “development”.

Last weekend saw Balabam open, described by one Gladesmore resident as “absolutly brilliant!”. The line up looks to be forming day-by-day but it seems fair to expect more quality live music from around the world. This weekend alone features a pirate takeover, Mediterranean funk from Al-Maranca )“multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, producer, video artist, cultural activist”), and the sounds of West Africa from Koroleko – Moussa Dembele.

We’re expecting great things from this place… Keep an eye on Balabam’s FaceBook for the latest news.

Travel to Balabam in South Tottenham

For those of you coming from outside the area to visit Balabam…

Nearest tube: Seven Sisters

Nearest Overground: South Tottenham* (on Gospel Oak – Barking Line), Stamford Hill (from Liverpool St)

Buses: 67, 76, 149, 243, 318, 349, 476

Night / 24hr buses: N73, 76, 149, 243

Balabam, 58-60 High Road, South Tottenham, London N15 6JU

* be warned, South Tottenham station is closed for much of the rest of 2017 for a line upgrade

2 thoughts on “Balabam South Tottenham!

  1. Maia Barouh


    NIce to e-meet you.

    I am a Japanese/french singer and flautiste based in London for 2 years now and i am looking to book gigs with my trio.
    my last project is based on composition and japanese traditional songs mixed with electronic music.i call the genre Electro-pop-roots-punk ! :p

    on the live video it’s with my full band but i made a minimal version with the 2 keyboard players.more electronic.

    will you be interested?

    Here is some links and infos about me.

    Best regards

    p.s I am actually looking for places to play the 10th and 11th of June because members are here from Paris.

    WEB site

    Maïa Barouh

    MaÏa bio:
    Maïa Barouh

    Maïa is a unique singer and flautist.
    From a French-Japanese background, she has clearly found her way towards a boundless musical self-expression, rooted in solid classical training and a unique rendition of her heritage.
    The audience can expect to be transported along the Paris-Tokyo axis to space and beyond. She describes her style as ELECTRO-ROOTS-POP-PUNK .
    Maïa sings using an unknown special throat technique from a small island in the South of Japan, mixing it with modern and electric sounds, but the flute is her first instrument. After studying classical and jazz, she quickly transformed the way she played as she started making her own music, improvising, singing with her flute and using it as percussion.

    After much going back and forth between Paris and Tokyo, the teenager began her career in the Tokyo underground playing the saxophone with Japanese street band, accompanying dragqueens, dancers and musicians from all edges. she multiplied the tours and concerts throughout the archipelago, releasing albums produced « Kusamakura » a compilation of the new Japanese scene.
    But this latest project, produced by the legendary Martin Meissonnier (who has worked with the likes of Fela Kuti, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Khaled and Manu Dibango) is something completely new.

    The album « KODAMA » got released in France UK and Japan in 2015.

    Backed by powerful musicians and a free-flowing instinct that transcends national borders, Maïa offers an extraordinarily broad melodic landscape where melancholy and madness ride over percussive grooves, trance-like dance tunes and stripped-down a cappella singing.

    « Striking stage presence, crazy folk trance, volcanic energy, traditional and pop Japanese singing and occasional touches of flute make up the exciting mix that is Maïa Barouh.

    the famous festivals she had already played are FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL(jp) , PALEO FESTIVAL (ch) Womex 2016, Festival du chant marin (fr) Nancy Jazz Festival (fr) Badentreffen Nurnberg (Ge) MusicPOrt Festival (UK) etc…

    live video:

    WorldWife FM session

    clip video:

    few songs from the last album:


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