Ikarai plays MUHAMMAD

The Rumble in the Jungle in Concert

The stage is transformed into a boxing ring. The ensemble Ikarai takes the audience
into the tale of the boxing legend Muhammad Ali and his legendary Rumble in the Jungle.

A daring fight between jazz, classical music and audio samples
of Ali’s famous Rumble in the Jungle and his charismatic speeches.

Ikarai plays MUHAMMAD live @ the BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

The epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre, the Rumble in the Jungle, is a perfect fit to be given a musical score: rhythmic, gracious, honest but with heavy blows.

"The ensemble is at ease within all musical styles and escapes genre-fication in a pleasant manner." - NRC Handelsblad, Dutch national newspaper

"A Journey I can recommend to anyone who listens to real music."
- Tijl Beckand, Dutch TV-Presenter

Official Dutch representative of the 12Points Festival 2019

IKARAI has played over 25 concerts with MUHAMMAD, gaining broad recognition in Dutch written and televised media. The ensemble has toured through China, will tour through the UK and played, among others, at the BIMHUIS (Amsterdam, NL), TivoliVredenburg (Utrecht, NL) and De Doelen (Rotterdam, NL).

In 2018 the ensemble was asked by the private Voorlinden Museum to perform a special performance at an opening event, attended by members of the Dutch Royal Family.



See if we can bring MUHAMMAD to your festival.

Minimum required stage surface: 5 * 5 meter (15 * 15 feet).

The boxing ring is provided by Ikarai and is easily set up.

A piano is needed.