Based: Cape Town

Ottoman Slap brings you original sounds evoking a rich span of moods, ranging from the sultry depths of the Middle East to the meandering slopes of the Balkan hills. This five-piece troupe sprung from the Capetonian creative woodwork in late 2012.

Middle Eastern percussion and rhythms form the backdrop to soulful vocals, playful mandolin melodies and rich saxophone sounds. With various multi-instrumentalists, the band features lead vocals, saxophone, flute, mandolin, guitar, accordion, double bass, cajón, darbuka, frame drum, zills, castanets, saw and hulusi. We also offer something very unique: Tribal Fusion bellydance performed by our beautiful dancer, sure to leave the audience enchanted.

About 60% of the music we perform are our original creations. We also do our renditions of traditional music with a twist, ranging from Kletzmer songs to Andalusian and Romanian folksongs.

Our musical influences are, among others, Goran Bregovic, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Emir Kusturica, The Fishtank Ensemble, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Anouar Brahem, Manus Hadjidakis and Balkan Beat Box.