Khiyo are a London-based six-piece band playing radical, modern interpretations of Bengali heritage music. The band was formed in 2007 as a collaboration between British-Bangladeshi vocalist Sohini Alam and London-based composer Oliver Weeks in order to explore new ways of presenting traditional Bengali music whilst preserving its essence. Their sound mixes powerful and expressive interpretations of the classics with dynamic and original arrangements that draw on South Asian and Western folk and classical traditions, rock, blues and jazz. Since their headlining appearance at the Purcell Room at Alchemy 2013, Khiyo have developed a reputation as a powerful live band. They released their self-titled debut album in 2014 and signed to ARC Music in 2015. The album received excellent reviews and was featured as one of Songlines’ ‘Top of the World’ albums in October 2015. Khiyo has been nominated in the Best Group category of the 2016 Songlines Music Awards.
Khiyo is named after a letter of the Bengali alphabet, the ‘Khiyo’ ( ). It is a unique letter that, whilst being a combination of two letters, has an identity of its own. Similarly, though the band’s members draw on many different musical backgrounds, the amalgamation of the whole has a singularly identifiable sound.
Vocals: Sohini Alam
Guitars/Piano: Oliver Weeks
Upright & Electric Bass: Ben Heartland
Tabla: Hassan Mohyeddin
Drums: David Ingamells
Presented by Sama Arts Network in association with The Nehru Centre