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    Baba Bruja
    Music| Bands| Hobart & Southern Tasmania
    Baba Bruja are Tasmania’s only all original Afrobeat collective. Featuring some of Hobart’s best loved musicians, our 6 horns and scorching hot rhythm section are raucous, colourful and groovy as all get out. Led by non-binary trombonist and composer Stevie McEntee we have played at some of Tasmania’s premier festivals including the Taste of Tasmania, Falls Festival, the Clarence Jazz Festival, Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Party in the Paddock, the Mid-Winter Arts Festival, Panama Festival, Festival of Voices and Junction Arts Festival. We have shared the stage with The Bad Dad Orchestra, Boil-up, The 7-Ups and Sex on Toast.

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    Boil Up
    Bands| Hobart & Southern Tasmania| Multicultural
    Boil Up- has a strong Kiwi reggae influence: Katchafire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sons of Zion: but still play classic tunes by Bob Marley including- Roots Rock Reggae, Could You Be Loved, I Shot the Sheriff and modern reggae tunes of today, like I’m Yours,– and Valerie. Now focusing more on original songs that are fused with hip-hop, rap, R and B rock and ska reggae, the band is slowly finding its feet with a raw sound held together by some of Hobart’s finest musicians. A strong vocal harmony- line and a singer with a lot of energy out front keeps the crowd guessing! The band members : Morehu Thompson-Lead vocals, Regina Mistry-Piano and vocals Dave Titherly-Trumpet and vocals Haden Dare-Trombone and vocals Tio Pirere-Drums and vocals Kara Pirere-Percussion and vocals Andry Sculthorpe-Bass guitar

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    Chicada
    Music| Bands| Hobart & Southern Tasmania
    Chicada offers dynamic public performances with the true spirit of the samba schools of Salvador doBahia and Rio de Janeiro. We have danced, drummed, and dazzled audiences at some of Tasmania’s principal events, including Falls Festival, Junction Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, the Wooden Boat Festival and many more. Chicada is a community based Brazilian band. All money earned from performances is put back into the band. Drums and costumes are bought direct from sources in Salvador de Bahia, and Sao Paulo–Brazil, so the band guarantees it’s authentic Brazilian style. Performance prices vary depending on the size, nature and location of the event, as well as how many drummers are required. The band is flexible and can cater for any events including festivals, fund-raisers, parades or stage performances. Like in Brazilian carnaval, the ensemble is able to perform samba percussion in while parading through an event. Chicada is also able to perform onstage with amplified singing and other amplified instruments to provide added melodies to the percussion. The full samba band ensemble (up to 18+ players) make an absolutely amazing sound that really adds to the atmosphere of any event. Chicada also runs workshops designed to introduce audiences to basic samba rhythms and techniques. Participants will get to try each instrument and learn to play samba rhythms and breaks. The goal is to demonstrate how each member can contribute to a fun and exciting collective sound through community based learning. Chicada’s dynamic teachers will deliver a high standard ofprofessionalism through these workshops. No prior experience is needed and all instrumentation isprovided.

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    City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band
    Hobart & Southern Tasmania| Multicultural| Musical

    The City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band is currently the largest pipe band in Tasmania with over thirty playing members. They play at a number of community-based functions throughout the year, including ANZAC Day marches, Christmas parades in Hobart and Oatlands, and regional fairs at Bream Creek and Middleton. In addition to full band performances, the band can also provide solo pipers or mini-bands to add something special to any event. We are available for all occasions, whether weddings, funerals, corporate events, parties, fairs- and play at Salamanca Markets once a month (3rd Saturday of each month), often joined by the Bonnie Highland Dancers. The Band has a broad repertoire of marches, slow airs, strathspeys, jigs, reels and hornpipes. The Band can perform a combination of Scottish favourites and more contemporary pieces, including some Irish and Australian tunes. Drill and or dance can be incorporated into the performance to suit the occasion. The duration of performances can be varied to suit the event:- a typical performance is of 10 to 20 minutes duration.

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    King B-Fine and Afrikaya Band
    Hobart & Southern Tasmania| Multicultural| Music
    KING B-FINE and AFRIKAYA BAND is a Tasmanian 12-piece Afro Beat ensemble. Recent gigs include the MONA reopening & the COGIG19 global live stream event. KING B-FINE King B-Fine is the band’s unique & lively Rastafarian front man. King lives by the Rastafarian philosophy & the tradition of honouring that everyone is born royal. Originally from war torn Sierra Leone, King B-Fine now calls Australia home and resides in West Hobart with his Tasmanian wife & young family. King B-Fine’s passion for performing started early, his musical influences include the legends of reggae & afro beat such as Marley, Tosh & Fela Kuti. King’s musical achievements are impressive, as is his list of musical awards. He has toured Europe, shared the stage with international reggae musicians, headlined an Australian music festival in Qld and was an Australia Day Award Finalist in Sydney. What is equally impressive is that King composes and produces his own music under his labels, Fine Records & Royal Movement Records. He has released numerous albums and singles with accompanying music videos. King B-Fine is the new generation of musical storyteller, with a focus on stirring up positive change via his “˜songs of freedom’. He sings not only of racial & social injustices, of police violence and youth struggle but also of unity, “˜one love’ and power to all people; relevant messages that need to be shared across the globe. AFRIKAYA BAND King B-Fine’s recent Afrikaya Band ensemble is a mix of eclectic Tassie musicians dedicated to delivering his upbeat Afro Beat sounds in the soulful Tassie fashion. Formed in early 2020, he and his new band have already released two locally recorded singles with music videos. The outfit boasts an up-tempo African vibe, heavy with brass, percussion & vocal harmonies, this is music that connects with communities embracing freedom, peace and fun! King B-Fine’s instruments of choice are his deep, punchy African vocals and the djembe; his lively, phrenetic drumming style is one of the awe-inspiring highlights of their performances. With the Afro-beat genre potentially the next big musical experience to explode in Australia, King B-Fine and his Afrikaya Band are at the forefront of this underexplored musical groove in Australia. King B-Fine has an ambitious dream ““ to be the best Afro Beat band is Australia, and with King’s established musical track record, passion & energy he, and his Afrikaya Band are well on their way. King B-Fine and Afrikaya Band are ready to perform at your event contact Island Entertainment with your booking request.

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    Mazala
    Music| Duos & Three Piece| Hobart & Southern Tasmania
    MAZALA is a trio consisting of Alan Welsh (guitar), Roman Astra ( sitar, Indian violin) and Umesh Pratap (tabla). Mazala present a spicy musical experience you won’t forget. Alan Welsh is at home with most Guitar styles there are. He blends all those into his musical language locking rhythms with Umesh Pratap on Tabla. Umesh is a master percussionist from Fiji. Above those float the sounds of Roman Astra on Sitar and Indian violin adding another exotic flavour to the offering.   Alan Welsh was born in Malaysia and grew up with Middle Eastern and Eastern music around him, while studying the guitar. He later moved to the UK, lived and performed in Perth/Australia and now lives in Hobart. He holds several diplomas and degrees in music education and performance. Alan has performed solo and in professional groups over the years and has earned himself a respected name in the Tasmanian community. Roman Astra grew up in Vienna /Austria learning piano and guitar and eventually was drawn to the sitar and Eastern music. On his way to Australia he stayed in Madras for a while to advance his knowledge and skills on this instrument. Roman has been part of Tasmania’s music scene since 1988 performing solo and with various ensembles. He always aims to mix sounds and styles from all around the World, depending on the background of his fellow musicians. This has taken him to many local and national festivals presenting eclectic Tasmanian groups. Umesh Pratap grew up in Fiji where he absorbed the music and rhythms of his culture and eventually was awarded the title of Master drummer. He has been teaching the rhythms of the table for many years and has been performing in many ensembles. He has been working and creating with Roman for over ten years now.

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    Mia Palencia, In Good Company
    Bands| Blues & Folk| Covers
    Mia Palencia In Good Company is a unique collaboration between two islands. While- pursuing her music degree on the island of Tasmania, songstress Mia Palencia, who hails from Malaysian Borneo, approached Tasmanian jazz arranger and keyboardist Kelly- Ottaway with the idea of forming an ensemble to explore both her original music and- improvised jazz. The duo recruited double bassist Hamish Houston and drummer Liam- O’Leary, thus completing the line”up. With 15 years of experience in the music industry under her belt, award”winning jazz- crooner and singer”songwriter Mia Palencia is no stranger to the Malaysian music scene.- Having released her first jazz album at the age of 16, she was subsequently awarded Louis- Vuitton’s Generation Next Award. She has since released 5 albums and continues to be- featured at music festivals and prominent corporate events across Malaysia, Singapore,- Indonesia and South Korea. Some of her past clients include Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Porsche,- Mercedes Benz, BMW and Nokia. Since its formation in January 2012, Mia Palencia In Good Company have performed- extensively throughout Tasmania, being featured at key events, including Jazz in the Park- 2012 and Devil City Swing Festival. Their self”titled debut album was launched at the- Clarence Jazz Festival in February 2013. An invitation to perform at the Kota Kinabalu Jazz- Festival inspired the ensemble to undertake a Malaysian tour in June 2013. Mia Palencia In Good Company have since returned to Tasmania, and continue to develop- their brand of music: an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, RnB and latin rhythms.

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    Ralph Forehead
    Hobart & Southern Tasmania| Multicultural| Music
    Ralph Forehead has been playing Spanish guitar since he first started learning the instrument over 15 years ago. His fascination and passion for flamenco music led him to travel to Andalucia in southern Spain in 2007 where he studied with some of the finest flamenco guitarists in the world, including Gerardo Nunez, Manolo Sanlucar and Manolo Franco. He has accompanied touring flamenco dancers and performed with his own ensembles and dancers from Hobart. Ralph’s extensive experience in other genres such as jazz and latin allows him to tailor his music to the situation – be it fiery flamenco, gentler exquisite melodies or a combination of the two.

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    Son Del Sur
    Music| Bands| Hobart & Southern Tasmania
    Son del Sur have been filling venues across the state since their inception in 2004. The name, SondelSur, is a pun. The word Son refers to a specific Cuban rhythm, while the whole phrase “Son del Sur” means “they are from the South” SondelSur’s music is a selection of the traditional salsa heartlands. The Caribbean Islands (Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico), Mexico and Colombia are all represented by the band’s repertoire. Furthermore, these musical traditions have been blended with current Miami and New York sounds, creating an authentic and modern sound which just begs the listener to dance. The dance styles covered by SondelSur’s music include – Salsa, Bolero, Bomba, Mambo/Son Cubano, Merengue, Chachacha, Latin Jazz/Descarga SondelSur uses modern instrumentation which includes – A big horn section of two trumpets, a saxophone and a trombone. A rhythm section including congas, bongos, timbales, guiro, maracas, piano and bass. Two fantastic vocalists (but the whole band ends up singing anyway!) As Tasmania’s premier live musical group, SondelSur has a repertoire which begins around the 1950’s and reflects on Salsa traditions. Classics by Benni More, Tito Puente and Enrique Jorrin pave the way for famous Afro-Cuban Jazz ““ Descargas by Chucho Valdes, standards salsa tunes by Los Van Van, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ruben Blades, Cubanismo and of course music associated with the incredibly successful film Buena Vista Social Club. Band Stage Set Up 1.SONdelSUR_BandPlot

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    Taiko Drummers
    Hobart & Southern Tasmania| Multicultural| Music
    WHAT IS TAIKO? Japanese drumming known as Taiko, is a visually spectacular art form, which originated in the festivals and rituals of the agricultural society of ancient Japan. Unlike other “˜high-cultural’ art forms such as the Kabuki, Noh Dancing or Tea Ceremony, Taiko culture is community-based, and the most widely practiced’ popular-cultural’ art form in contemporary Japanese society. It is played as part of local festivals in virtually every district throughout Japan, and local Taiko masters have passed on its techniques orally for many hundreds of years. Most performers at such festivals are non-professional, local residents, and many of them are school children. Taiko plays a strong role in promoting a sense of community, and cultivating teamwork skills among the local residents. Over the last fifty years, Taiko has become internationally recognised as a form performance art, and many contemporary drumming groups have been formed both in Japan and many other countries. There are more than 8,000 Taiko groups in Japan, and several of them conduct international tours.

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    Xenos
    Hobart & Southern Tasmania| Multicultural| Music
    The passionate music of Xenos exhilarates and energises with exotic scales and rhythms of the Roma, Gypsies of Macedonia and Bulgaria. For over 25 years Xenos have traveled Europe and Australia immersing audiences in the beautiful and powerful dance music of the Balkans. Xenos play on both traditional reed and percussion instruments with a mostly instrumental repertoire, or a more modern lineup of keyboard, sax, vocals and drum.

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    Yyan NG
    Music| Bands| Duos & Three Piece
    Yyan NG is a multi-instrumentalist musician and one of the premier professional tailo and flute players/composers/directors in Tasmania. Yyan is interested in how Japanese instruments and Japanese music can be represented in a contemporary musical setting. Yyan is also artistic director and leader of Launceston Taiko group Taiko OniJima.  He is very active in Tasmania’s music scene and plays in Japanese-jazz fusion Shakuhachi and Taiko duo with Brian Ritchie (MOFO Director) and crossover trio Skyglass with Internationally renowned Shakuhachi player Anne Norman (VIC) and violinist Emily Sheppard (TSO/VDB/VDF). Yyan co-founded a Helpmann award winning show with the Tasmanian Taiko and Leather Orchestra. He was also part of the house band the Toilet Brushes for Tasmania’s largest community theatre production King Ubu and Shakuhachi player for classical trio Emily Cloud. Yyan served as music director for Mapali: Dawn Gathering, an aboriginal community led event presented by Ten Days on the Island, along with TasDance, Goldberg Aberline Studio and all taiko groups in Tasmania.  Yyan also was the musical director/collaborator for Faux Mo working with Taiko Onijima + Taiko Drum and Dancepointe (Ballet). He was part of the highly successful five month run of Tokyo Punk, an irreverent anarchic Japanese Punk Show at MONA. Performances at festivals include:- Monafoma, Darkmofo, Ten Days on the Island, Big Hart, Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Junction Arts Festival, Festivale, Marion Bay Falls Festival, Taste of Tasmania, Jackey’s Marsh Forest Festival, Hastings Cave Concerts, Mt Wellington/kunanyi Observation Shelter, Rosny Barn Summer Series, MOFO Sessions, Amplified Awards.

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