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Saturday, 8.30pm • 7Mate This surprising dram-edy” is worth watching just to see Adam Sandler step away from his usual undergraduate buffoonery for a couple of hours. A workaholic architect (Sandler) finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

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If rollicking, devil-may-care, Celtic-inspired punk rock and roll gets your blood pumping then you should be all over the latest long player from Sydney four-piece the Rumjacks. Sure, these guys aren’t trying to break any new sonic ground here, but who the hell cares? Overtly rooted in the traditional instrumentation of Irish folk, comparisons to the likes of the Pogues and Dropkick Murphys are both unavoidable and warranted. The Rumjacks manage to bring a refreshing Australianness to proceedings as well as flourishes of ska, reggae and even a bit of Rancidesque street punk to make for one heck of an interesting listen indeed. Standouts here include the rowdy title track and the dynamic crescendo on Blows and Unkind Words.

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Considered one of the big four pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal in the late 60s and early 70s, along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep still enjoy legendary status among rock pigs around the globe. Famed for their accomplished musical talents, diverse songwriting and powerful live performances, the band has released some of the most popular and defining music of their genre. With a catalogue of 23 studio albums that includes Demons and Wizards, Abominog and their most recent release, 2011’s Into the Wild (their highest charting album since the 70s), it’s no surprise that the band has sold over 40 million records worldwide. Original member and lead guitarist Mick Box still heads this incredible outfit, with keyboardist Phil Lanzon, vocalist Bernie Shaw, drummer Russell Gilbrook and bassist Davey Rimmer. They remain one of the hardest working bands on the circuit.

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• HANNAH BAND (SYD) JEN BUXTON AND THE SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5 MATT LYDON • FROM 9PM IN THE FRONT BAR Thursday February 26

Gig to save battling Burwood Colliery Bowling Club With the news that Burwood Colliery Bowling Club is facing permanent closure unless outstanding debts are paid by March 18, the Newcastle music community is pulling out all the stops to throw its support behind the struggling club. The club has teamed up with local promoters Big Apachee to organise a benefit gig in the hopes of raising enough money to keep the doors open a while longer and judging by the lineup, featuring a veritable who’s who of the Newie music scene, it seems the task may not be that unattainable. Just check this out for a cracking bill of rock and roll fare: Bad Luck Kitty, Catfish Soup, Helen & Friends, Annie

O’Dee & the Hotshots, Voodoo Express, Montezuma, Glam Slam (pictured), The Hurricanes, The Expol, RCM, Mitch Capone & The Wiseguys, Bad n Ugly, Stone Empire, Ngariki & The Plumpers and Kamakazi Kowboyz. Not bad at all. Aside from all of the musical frivolity, the club will also be holding a raffle and for just two bucks you could go into the draw to win an instant party pack. If that wasn’t enough, all you have to do to enjoy what promises to be a brilliant day out is pony up five bucks or $20 for a family pass. What a great way to show your support. Catch all of the action at Burwood Colliery Bowling Club on Sunday, March 8.

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THE ETNA South African stars PHFAT headed to the Small Ballroom Hot on the heels of their latest single If He Can’t Dance, Cape Town good guy party crew PHFAT are heading to the Small Ballroom this week, making the most of the fans they won on their inaugural, self-funded Aussie tour in 2014. In the two years that PHFAT has been a full time rap act they have played at just about every established alternative music festival in South Africa and scored opening slots for international pioneers such as Public Enemy and

post hardcore/rock forerunners like The Used. Multiple play listings on radio stations country-wide for their previous single Lights Out happened almost instantly. The single even managed to beat out electronic music giant Skrillex for Hottest New Track of the week on South Africa’s largest commercial station 5fm on their #NewFavourite slot. Not a bad effort at all. Catch PHFAT at the Small Ballroom on Wednesday, February 25.

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Dream rider STEPHEN BISSET

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hile there are many people who have used the phrase “living the dream” in their lifetime, there are few who live that dream quite like Donavon Frankenreiter. Since his 2004 self-titled long player wafted over us like an onshore breeze, the moustachioed Californian-born songwriter has been taking his beautifully meandering brand of chilled-out surfer acoustic sound around the world. He will be heading back to Newcastle next month for the first time since 2011, but don’t go thinking he’ll be taking it easy. “Man, I’m in Australia for, like, 22 days and I’m playing 18 or 19 shows, so there’s not a lot of time to relax,” Frankenreiter told TE down the line from his Hawaii home. “The schedule might seem a little crazy but, man, I just love playing music and I especially love playing music in front of people; I definitely don’t consider it to be work, especially when you’re in a country like Australia.” Frankenreiter, who had already clocked up considerable miles around the world as a professional surfer - the prodigious boardrider signed a contract with Billa-

bong when he was only 15 - said that he kind of fell into music through surfing, and he certainly hasn’t looked back. “Basically, I was on a surfing adventure and I was at a buddy’s house and he showed me a couple of chords on the guitar and I just went from there,” he said. “From there, on all my surf travels, I used to take the guitar with me everywhere and it became more and more a part of my life. I basically learned to play on the road, meeting people like Jack Johnson who I became friends with, like, 20 years ago, who played music. The good thing about the two is that you can surf during the day and play music at night so it’s all good.” Frankenreiter, who will be in the country with his latest slab of sweetly lilting acoustic good times, the album Start Livin’, said given that he is a husband and father now, the life of a touring musician can be a bit of a juggling act. “Oh man, it can be hard to be away from the family for months at a time, you know?,” he said. “I mean, I can be away for seven or eight months out of a year so it can get kinda crazy. I try to bring them all with me when I can, which is just a fantastic experience, but it does tend to be a bit of a juggling act, it’s about finding balance. “It’s not easy, man. I’ve never met a musician with kids who’s said, ‘Oh, I’ve got it wired, this is easy’. I mean, it’s

“The band I’ve got right now is just incredible.”

crazy. I try to bring my family with me. And, on one hand, I can’t imagine any better experience than having them on the road with me to experience what I’m doing. But after watching daddy play 15 shows in a row, I’m sure they’re thinking, ‘Ok, I saw it, I want to go home and see my friends now’, so it’s a balance.” While the good vibes - Frankenreiter’s stock in trade - will be in abundance when he takes to the Cambridge Hotel stage, he also promised a little out-of-thebox musicianship. “The band I’ve got right now is just incredible,” he said. “For example, my bass player has this double-neck guitar so he’s playing the

bass lines on the top and on the bottom he’s playing an electric six-string. It’s like looping, it’s so cool,” he enthused. “Also, I’ve got this electric hollow-body guitar with all these crazy wires running up the neck and inside the hollow body, the schematics for a Hammond organ. It’s like two instruments at once and it’s really cool freaking people in the audience out; they’re thinking ‘where the hell is that organ coming from’.” Frankenreiter added that this thinking also extends to his recording process, with his next album planned to be a highly interactive affair. “Right after the Australian tour, I’ll be heading to a studio in Austin, Texas, to start work on the next record,” he said. “But we’re doing things a little bit differently; we’re going to have 10 cameras in the studio with us recording and streaming every move we make. “Also, the plan is to encourage people to send us lyric ideas and design ideas and stuff and if we end up using them, we’ll fly people out to the studio so they can see the process up close and personal. “It really will be the most interactive record I’ve ever made and I can’t wait to get started on it. It’s all about helping people reconnect with music in a way that they feel truly a part of.” Catch Donavon Frankenreiter at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday, March 27. Tickets are onsale now via oztix.com.au


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Going back to Nashville STEPHEN BISSET

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fter enjoying an extended break back in Australia over Christmas and New Year, Newcastle singer-songwriter Grayson (or Michael Edser to the taxman) is heading back to the US to start work on his fourth studio album. The Newcastle-via-California-via-Nashville folk/country performer told TE the album, titled Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, would be the culmination of his three years immersed in the culture of the songwriting mecca of Nashville and the myriad influences that have washed over him during that time. “I’m really excited about making this record,” he said. “All of the songs are written and I’ve done some great co-writes with some of the best writers in Nashville, so I’ll be heading back there next month to start work on recording it. “Having been in Nashville for the past three years has had quite an influence on me as well, which I’m sure will come through on this record. It’s a town that really appreciates the art of songwriting.

When I was in California everyone was an actor or a model but, in Nashville, it’s all about the songwriting, so it’s pretty hard not to be inspired by that.” Growing frustrated at the limited opportunities the Australian music scene offered, Grayson landed on his feet in Europe, releasing his Somewhere In the Night album in Ireland before relocating to California. It was there he undertook the mammoth documentary project 66 Days on Route 66, which saw him travel and play gigs along the iconic American highway. Now based full-time in Nashville and having signed a publishing and management deal, it’s obvious Grayson’s efforts are beginning to pay off. “It’s been a crazy five or six years,” he said. “But it’s all about being willing to take that leap of faith and having a strong belief in yourself. It’s no good waking up in 30 years wishing you had a crack way back when.” While he recently stated on his Facebook page that he won’t be returning to Australia until his visa expires, Grayson will always be a Novocastrian at heart. “I’m just a kid from Kotara that’s living the dream,” he enthused.

“One of the things that kind of annoys me is that when I tell people that I’m from Newcastle, they assume that I’m from Newcastle in England. So I’m forever telling people that Newcastle is a great town just outside of Sydney with some

of the best beaches in the world - when they’re not closed because of sharks. I’m definitely flying the Newcastle flag.” Catch Grayson at the Northumberland Hotel on Friday, February 27, and the Beach Hotel on Saturday, February 28.

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t may’ve been a long time between drinks for Sydney Celtic punks the Rumjacks, with their debut album Gangs of New Holland dropping in 2010, but they’re well and truly back on track with one hell of a sophomore record in Sober and Godless. Released last week, Sober and Godless sees the Rumjacks still sticking to their Celtic punk roots that have already drawn favourable comparisons to the likes of Dropkick Murphys and the Pogues (albeit with a decidedly Antipodean bent) but this time around it’s a much bigger and fuller affair sonically, thanks in no small part to the production talents of Steve James (Thin Lizzy, the Jam and the Screaming Jets). The Rumjacks aren’t breaking any new ground here, but who would want them to? “The making of this album saw us wondering at this whole folk/punk thing as a wider genre, and what it means to us,” frontman Frankie MacLaughlin said. “The sickeningly rich tradition of people telling their story to song has

continued unbroken by time, distance or malevolence. We see no good reason why it should stop with us. Call it Celtic punk, folk, rock or whatever, we have to keep telling each other our story, that’s the only thing that keeps us human. “Working with Steve James was just amazing as well - he’s a great guy and his wealth of experience was really apparent. He helped bring out a really massive sounding record out of us which we’re all really pleased with.” Given the success of their previous

album, thanks in no small part to the eight million-plus YouTube views the track An Irish Pub Song received, MacLaughlin said there was a certain amount of pressure going into the Sober and Godless sessions but, ultimately, it was about making the best record they could possibly make. “Being the songwriter, I definitely felt pressure to back up from Gangs of New Holland and because we sat on the songs for, like, a year, there was a lot of time to sit around and think about things and

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second guess things but, for me, ultimately it was faith in the songs that we had created that ultimately won out. “It was a long time between drinks though and I think this album is as close as I’ll ever get to understanding motherhood - you know, the pain of carrying it around with you for so long, the pain of producing it and now that it’s out there, I just want it to do really well for itself in this world.” Catch The Rumjacks at the Cambridge Hotel on Wednesday, March 4.

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Sci-fi continues to feature in this week’s new releases with Project Almanac. Michael Bay (Transformers) is behind this particular project and brings a certain look to the film that only he can achieve. The story of a group of friends who stumble upon a time travel device, isn’t any new idea but what this film brings is a fresh approach with modern technology and visual effects to really set the scene. It’s the classic film model in that the group plays around with their new toy, righting wrongs and playing life to their advantage. Soon they discover that there are consequences to their actions as things start to go very wrong. A Most Violent Year is a crime and gangster thriller set in 1981 New York. Director JC Chander is known for Margin Call and All Is Lost, staring Robert Redford. This, his third film, takes a look at the crime and violence in what may be said were some of NYC’s most violent years. Garth Weiley is the general manager of Event Cinemas at Glendale and Tower Cinemas in Newcastle. Event Cinemas has a movie pass for four people to give away. Email editorial@newcastle post.com.au and put “Event Cinemas” in the subject line to enter.

With the Pixar Film Festival now showing exclusively at Event Cinemas, I decided to revisit this animated classic. Pixar’s very first feature film, released 20 years ago, has aged like a fine wine. The computer-generated animation, dazzling at the time, still wows. Re-watching, you notice the little things; the reflections in Buzz Lightyear’s space helmet, the way the animators play with light and shadow, the veryadult jokes that flew over your head as a child. All this against Randy Newman’s endearing soundtrack. The Pixar Film Festival will continue this weekend with special screenings of the Incredibles.

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Lana and Andy Wachowski are back with a visually stunning sci-fi epic that, while strong on style, offers very little in terms of substance. Mila Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones - a lowly house cleaner on a futuristic earth who, in what has to be one of the most clichéd sci-fi tropes in cinematic history, discovers that she is, in fact, a space princess who is the only thing stopping humanity from ultimate destruction. To go any further into this plot would be an exercise in futility as there is more going on here than in the entire Star Wars trilogy, but you have Channing Tatum as a genetically engineered hunter, and a ridiculously camp Eddie Redmayne as one of Jupiter’s pursuers. Jupiter Ascending is a visual feast with scintillating art design, cinematography, special effects and costuming. But scratch the surface and this is essentially a B-grade space opera with an A-grade cast.

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If you are a fan of American thoughtful punk rockers RVIVR, then you’d do well to get along to the Hamilton Station Hotel this week as RVIVR front person Erica Freas will be stopping by for a free, yes, free Newcastle show. If you were lucky enough to catch Freas’ 2014 solo and RVIVR tours, you’d know full well that the dreamy acoustic folk magic that she weaves could very well make you weak at the knees. Her solo music brings the same DIY and heartfelt punk rock attitude to a more relaxed medium and her lyrics, guitar playing and voice are heartwrenching and never fail to hit home. To make matters even better, Freas will be bringing another outfit of hers, Hot Tears featuring Freas on cello and Molly Fischer on vocals, drums, guitar and bells (all at once, no less). Described as “gorgeous dark metal from outer space” Hot Tears sound like a very interesting proposition. With further support from Newcastle’s own bubblegum punks The Sufferjets and singer-songwriter Spencer Scott, this one should definitely be a good ‘un.

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annual Back to Carro Day - a day of market stalls, live bands and all round entertainment at the club - the place was bustling with revellers however, this did not detract from the quality service we experienced in the bistro. Definitely a good sign. My dining partner and I decided to start with a shared plate of bruschetta - the perfect dish to pique our interest in what was to come. A delicious house-made bread, studded with garlic, provided a ridiculously morish base for the fresh and zesty tomato and

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elbourne’s self-confessed “scuzz punks” Clowns, who are hitting town this week in support of their blistering second record Bad Blood, know only too well how fervent Newcastle punters can be in their support of their favourite bands. “At the Newcastle show, we’re definitely expecting some scars to the face and general off-the-hook craziness,” frontman Stevie Williams told TE. “Seriously, we’ve played some of the wildest shows we’ve ever played in Newcastle. We did one at the Croatian Club that was just insane. You guys are crazy.” It’s not hard to see why Clowns have such an effect on punters with their savage Black Flag meets the Bronx brand of punk rock and roll and their equally “full-on” live shows. If their debut, 2013 album I’m Not Right was a short, sharp punch to the face that revelled in a 90s skate-punk aesthetic, Bad Blood - a much bigger, louder, heavier, yet more nuanced record - is the sustained pummelling.

“The last album was basically a compilation of all of the best songs we had written up to that point,” Williams said. “For this one, we’ve taken more of a considered approach and gone for a bit of a heavier sound.” While I’m Not Right, quite rightly pricked up quite few ears around the traps, Bad Blood is a much more cohesive record that Williams puts down to the bands rigor-

ous touring schedule since the release of the first record - touring with the likes of Poison Idea, the Adolescents and the Hard Ons as well as a recent China tour that saw them play at the massive MIDI Festival in Shenzhen. “We’re definitely better musicians now” he said. “China was just nuts - we didn’t really have any idea what to expect and we

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From the Jam coming to town STEPHEN BISSET

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f, in the burgeoning UK punk scene of 1977, the Sex Pistols were the incendiary heart and the Clash the conscience then the Jam were definitely the brains. The Jam’s debut LP, 1977’s In The City, showcased a band that was able to capture the raw aggression and urgency of punk, thanks to the powerhouse rhythm section of bass player Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler, with a whip-smart pop sensibility and incisive, cutting lyricism from frontman Paul Weller. Their talent quickly eclipsed that of many of their upstart contemporaries and subsequent albums - This Is The Modern World, All Mod Cons, Setting Sons, Sound Affects and The Gift - shifted into poppier and more soul-oriented territory. Despite breaking up in 1982, after which Weller went on to form the Style Council, the Jam’s legacy has only grown more potent in the ensuing years. Their third record, All Mod Cons - featuring the genre-defining Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, A Bomb In Wardour

Street and Mr Clean - came in at number 50 in a Q Magazine list of the greatest 100 British albums of all time. After the Jam split, Foxton and Buckler turned up in a number of bands, most notably Foxton’s 15-year stint as bass player for Irish punk legends Stiff Little Fingers. But the desire to continue playing those classic Jam songs still burned bright, despite Weller’s disinterest. Hence, From the Jam was born. Initially featuring Foxton and Buckler, along with Russell Hastings on vocals and guitar and David Moore on keyboards and guitar, From the Jam launched a mammoth tour, including Australia, in 2007 that proved just how much love there still was for the Jam. Now, with a line-up consisting of Foxton and Hastings, From the Jam will be heading to Newcastle next month for a special acoustic show at the Depot on Beaumont. “We were down there three or four years ago and it was bloody brilliant,” Foxton told TE. “Unfortunately the Jam never made it down to Australia which is a real shame, but that first tour was just amazing and hopefully this one will be even better.”

Catch From the Jam at the Depot on Beaumont on Sunday, March 8. Tickets are on sale now via thedepotonbeaumont. com.au and bigtix.com.au. TE is giving you the chance to see From

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WHAT'S ON GALLERIES this week Art Systems Wickham: All the rage back home by Hannah Batty until 8 Mar Back to Back Galleries: The Bigger Picture until 1 Mar cstudios Art Gallery: Small Medium Large by Newcastle Gallery Collective until 1 Mar Curve Gallery: Mind to Hand by Zel until 8 Mar Cessnock Regional Art Gallery: Wellspring until 1 Mar four point gallery: Small Medium Large by Newcastle Gallery Collective until 1 Mar Gallery 139: BEGINNINGS: group Newcastle Artists (image: Riding Backwards Buffalo by Dan Grey) until 14 Mar Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery: First Class 14 and Ben Quilty until 22 Mar Lock Up Cultural Centre: Make Known by High Tea With Mrs Woo and Mr Book; Port of Call by Kurt Sorenson until 15 Mar Lovett Gallery: Nikon Walkley Press Photography until 7 Mar Maitland Regional Art Gallery: Spin in the Art Factory by Linda Greedy until 12 Apr; The Bus Stop Project by Simone Darcy; Book marks by Adrian Lockart until 22 Apr; Facetime by Kerrie Lester; and Maitland International Salon of Photography starts Sat 28 Feb NANA Contemporary art space: CANDY by

Madeleine Cruise and You Me Us by Ro Murry until 28 Feb Nanshe studio gallery: Small Medium Large by Newcastle Gallery Collective until 1 Mar Newcastle Art Gallery: Spatial Operations by Baden Pailthorpe and PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS FEMINISM: Australian women photographers 1970s - 80s until 26 Apr Newcastle Art Space: Small Medium Large by Newcastle Gallery Collective until 1 Mar Timeless Textiles: Shorelines by Nicola Henley until 15 Mar University Gallery: Luz Corporea by Pablo Tapia; North:remembering country by Nicole Chaffey until 28 Feb Watt Space Gallery: Playing with the elements curated by Nadia Aurisch and Maddyson; Progression of self by Tilley Wood and Liss Finney; 2020 Womyn by Kalinda NelsonBoyd; I am not your (sex) doormat by Emilie Jeine Amaryllis; Flora Kingdom by Courtney Mathieson until 1 Mar All listed or exhibitions are on now starting week Monday 23 Feb

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ove him or hate him, there’s no denying that Kevin Bloody Wilson is an Australian comedy icon. For the past 30-odd years, Wilson has been waging war against the wowsers with his unique and utterly crude larrikin humour and he’ll bringing his bawdy bravado to Hexham next month in what is being billed as The First of the Final Farewell Tours - Perhaps. “Mate, there are going to be more of these farewell tours than you can poke a stick at - I’m going to out-Farnham Farnham,” Wilson enthused in his typical ‘Strine drawl. “The plan is to do five or six of these farewell tours, wait a bit, and then do the whole comeback thing. You won’t be getting rid of me that easily.” Joining Wilson on the tour will be his daughter, with the equally risqué stage name of Jenny Talia, and he said he was as proud as punch that his daughter could match the comedy legend in the bawdy stakes.

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“I was doing a pretty big tour in the UK and she saw my dates on my website and called me up and said ‘Dad, you need a support act, you can’t do all those shows yourself,’ and I said, ‘I’d love to but I just can’t find anyone,’ and then she replied, ‘Dad, I’ve been f***ing your songs up for years,’ which I had no idea about - she also had a bunch of other songs, party pieces, that she would pull out for her friends that are just bloody hilarious.” Wilson’s career started out more as a hobby, playing a selection of songs at pubs, football clubs and for mates. In 1984, he made the leap into the recording world with Your Average Australian Yobbo - a cassette that was sold via mail order and at gigs. His risqué songs obviously resonated with the inner yobbo in the Australian music buying public as the album sold 22,000 copies before being transferred to LP where it went on to sell thousands more and launch a career that has seen Wilson release 14 albums and carve himself, well and truly, into the fabric of Australian culture. He has travelled the world with his music and his fan-base stretches from

Broken Hill to Buckingham Palace (the likes of Kerry Packer, Prince Charles and John Laws all count themselves as fans). “When I started doing this, I had no idea that there was a career in it, so I’m constantly amazed that I’m still doing it.” “Because of that I’ve never been dollardriven, it’s all about fun. So, when it stops being fun, that’s when it’s time for me to f**k off.” Wilson, who has been doing battle with political correctness for his entire career (with the DILLIGAF (Do I Look Like I Give

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15 the newcastle post » Wednesday 25 February 2015

Heady musical gumbo

Backing vocalist Katja Baidoo told TE that while Bakoomba’s sound was definitely rooted in afro-beat, the very nature of being a 10-piece band with myriad influences ensured a joyous fusion of many musical styles. “Obviously all of the musicians will take their own influences and experiences and bring them into what we’re doing in Bakoomba. So, as a result it’s a little bit reggae, a little bit funk, a little bit ska, a little bit jazz - a little bit of everything really. Fode has toured internationally with Bakalama de Thionck Essyl, Senegal’s leading traditional performing arts troupes as well as performing at major festivals and events along the East Coast of Australia including the Sydney Fringe Festival and Wollombi Music Festival. Bakoomba arose out of Fode’s desire to express his musical heritage and blend it with more modern sounds in order to reach a wider audience. The band’s repertoire is largely based on traditional melodies from Fode’s culture with lyrics in his native tongue, Djola. When TE made the assertion that it would be pretty hard to be unhappy at a Bakoomba show, Baidoo heartily agreed. “Well, that’s what we’re aiming for,” she laughed. “But it is a lot of fun - 10 musicians on stage together who are totally passionate about what they do and passionate about giving the crowd a really good time. It’s vibrant, it’s energetic and all about making a connection with people.” Catch Bakoomba at Lizotte’s on Friday, March 6.


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