oojami at roots
June 18, 2008
I had to leave the Netherlands before finally making it to Open Air Roots Festival in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. Surprisingly laid back, if it’s true as according to their website that 60 000 people attended the free event this year. The stretches of stalls selling random ethnicky gear weren’t quite my scene but I got to catch up with a whole slew of people, have a couple of glasses of white wine in the sun (Ms. D was right about the weather, shorts not jeans) and have a little boogie to Oojami. They are a London-based Turkish ‘groove’ collective, and throw DJs, rappers, belly dancers, violinists and Turkish melodies into the mix. It did it for me. More outdoor dancing will definitely need to be scheduled this year. Hopefully here on Friday!