Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Keyboard, Mandolin, Accordion.


Defying the devastation in their ancestral lands, Assyrian band Azadoota heralds a renaissance of their Ancient culture.

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 across the world.

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 little-known nation, Robin sings catchy originals in his native Assyrian Aramaic language.

Wearing costumes inspired by their royal ancestors, Azadoota's powerful horn section heralds a renaissance of their ancient culture, while the driving rhythm section gives new life to traditional dance beats.

The band have performed at a diverse range of venues, from the tiniest bush halls to the most well-known festivals including WOMADelaide and Woodford. They draw their audience in with theatrical musicality, presenting a tight, well-crafted and highly entertaining show.

Azadoota's albums "Planetarian" and "Beyond Bridges"? 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 Assyrian extravaganza of percussive dance-rock worldbeat.

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Member since:
May 25 2013
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
47 years