Kolonel Djafaar

Kolonel Djafaar

Instrumental Afrobeat/Ethio-jazz band from Antwerp that brings you a mix of catchy tunes and attractive brass ensembles to shake your ass to all night long.

    • Funk
    • Psychedelic
    • Afrobeat
    • Traditioneel
    • Ethio-jazz, psych-rock
    • Band
  • Beveren


Kolonel Djafaar is a young Belgian Ethio-Jazz band with a psych rock edge and a touch of afrobeat. The band formed in 2016 and they have been searching the borders of their own sound ever since!

With a solid base of percussion, guitar and bass, Kolonel Djafaar provides a moveable groove to which the keys add a psychedelic touch. Let yourself be carried away by the narrative melodies of the three sax & brass players: from subtle additions to tearing solos. The whole gives a very own interpretation of Afrobeat and Ethio-jazz.

At the beginning of 2021, Kolonel Djafaar released their all-killer-no-filler EP ‘Cold Heat’ with London-based label Batov Records. At the time, this was their fastest sold-out release. The EP was well received on Bandcamp and was championed on radios around the world. Namely, by James Endeacott (Soho Radio / Morning Glory), Julien Renou (Le Mellotron), Mari Kimura (Worldwide FM), Ex-Friendly (Radio Alhara), Alex Ruder (KEXP), and Kaptin Barrett (Boomtown, Ujima 98FM), Gideon Coe (BBC6) among others.

During their live performances, this exciting ensemble really comes alive. It is therefore no coincidence that ‘Trefpunt’ crowned them best live act in 2017 as ‘Jonge Wolven’.This was followed by a multitude of performances at the most diverse venues: from the local barn, to open air festivals, to the most wanted venues in Flanders. With tons of stage experience and a new set, Kolonel Djafaar is ready to please you all with their sultry groove.

Live highlights of 2022 include opening for Babylon Circus at MOODS! festival and playing at the Gentse Feesten.

At the end of last year, Kolonel Djafaar released their latest single Movin’. This dancefloor grenade was very well received by public and industry. They are currently working on an album which is expected towards the end of the year.

Some of their greatest influences are Fela Kuti, Mulatu Astatke, The Budos Band,Jungle By Night, Black Flower and many more


Doyin Smith - Tenor sax

Lodewijk Lefevre - Baritone sax

Emiel Lauryssen -Trumpet

Tom Speelman- Keys

Jan De Groote - Bass

Philip Matthijnssens - Guitar

Anton Van Hove - Drums

Marcos Della Rocha - Percussion

Management & Bookings:




  • Doyin Smith

    • 29
    • Beveren (BE)

    Blazer - Tenor saxofoon

  • Tom Speelman

    • 30
    • Kontich (BE)


  • Jan De Grote

    • 31
    • Gent (BE)


  • Anton Van Hove

    • 34
    • Beveren (BE)


  • Lodewijk Lefevre

    • 30
    • Antwerpen (BE)

    Blazer - Bariton Sax

  • Philip Mathijnssens

    • 32
    • Ghent (BE)


  • Marcos Della Rocha

    • 38
    • Ghent (BE)


  • Emiel Lauryssen

    • 26
    • Mechelen (BE)

    Blazer - trompet



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