1. One Year Of Ska Begins…

    January 10, 2018 by Editor

    Melbourne Ska Orchestra presents a new adventure following their international tours and ARIA Award win.

    Paying respect to the Jamaican Sound System phenomenon, where artists would record and release new tracks on a weekly basis, the Orchestra has committed to doing the same.  For one whole year. 52 songs. 52 Weeks. One Year Of Ska!

    It’s a mammoth task. It’s a Big Band. Get Ready.
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  2. Original artworks now showing at Mez Mez

    May 5, 2017 by Editor

    Mez Mez cafe Williamstown exhibiting until 14th May 2017 – OPEN NOW

    Mario’s cafe Brunswick opening 17th May 2017 and closing 4th June 2017

    Nicky spends a good deal of his life touring the globe as an internationally renowned musician. As one would imagine, a pursuit to keep the mind and spirit active in the many hours of traveling is a necessity. One afternoon in Manchester UK, realizing he’d forgotten his pens on the tour bus, he began experimenting with rubbing plant material, flowers, soil, grass etc directly onto art paper, observing a theme from random creations and intuitive forms. This immediate, tactile and organic process of developing something in a short space of time appealed greatly, in contrast to songs which can sometimes take months to complete. …Looking around the garden he imagined the possibilities, smiled, then realized he was late for sound check. The seed was planted…

    Winding Road Design Studio has the pleasure of presenting this body of work, and for all sales and enquiries about this series of prints please do not hesitate to contact us.


  3. Melbourne Ska Orchestra Release New Single ‘Escher’

    March 9, 2017 by Editor

    Escher , the new single from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, shows the band in full hybrid flight, exploring new melodies and grooves.

    Nicky Bomba elaborates,” The song originally came together in a writing session with Punnu Wassu, an Indian harmonium player and teacher. I wanted to explore the idea of rhythms within rhythms so you could shift your pulse focus by feeling different elements in the song. The circular nature of the groove aligned itself with the Indian philosophy of creation and destruction, the end is the start is the end etc…

    This obvious connection with that concept and Escher’s perpetual art gave me the framework for the lyrics. We brainstormed ideas about our perception of life on this planet, the circular nature of the universe and how the arrangement of the song could reflect that journey. Once the orchestra started jamming it I felt there was something special as everything was falling into place. It ended up being the flagship song for mixing.

    The crowd unison chorus really captures the essence of all of us on this boat/spaceship celebrating and questioning our existence in this wonderful world.”

    The film clip showcases the new talents of Jesse Jacobson, son of “Kenny” director Clayton Jacobson.

    Nicky continues, ” we had a a lot of ideas floating around for the clip and Jesse showed me some of the work he was doing with 3D imaging in the gaming world. We spent an evening shooting and jammed lots of possibilities with the orchestra. He then went to town with his skills and with Clay and myself offering suggestions the clip was complete. I’m really happy with the result and I think its a great showcase for Jesse’s talents.”

    Escher is the third single from the Aria Award winning Sierra-Kilo-Alpha out now on FOUR FOUR.

  4. Sydney SKA-BQ rolls into town on Sunday!

    March 2, 2017 by Editor

    The MSO SKA-BQ dates are taking it back to the old skool and embracing every element that emulates the Ska scene. At The Factory Theatre on Sunday March 5th, punters can expect a mini festival vibe filled with smokin BBQ’s, drinks, scooters, a whole lotta Ska and of course skankin’ galore!

    With an awesome line up that features MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA, BLACK BIRD HUM (Ska Set), PROJECT COLLECTIVE SKA & DJs: B HOPPS, GONZ, RUDY POWELL, WALLY & TOMMY GUNN w/ DJ GREAZER. Prizes will also be awarded for Best Dressed and Best Dancer on the day!

    Jamaican food maestros Island Boys will have mouths watering by serving up a specialised SKA-BQ menu! Come down and sink your teeth into some:

    - Jerk chicken or Spatchcock and cornbread
    - Bbq lamb fillets with yogurt and baby lettuce leafs salad
    - Smoked chorizo cabbage slaw
    - Vego bowl (GF & VEGAN)
    - Cheesy chips

    “We’ve been talking about this for a long while and now it’s here. All the things we love…Ska Music, Good food, Scooters, drinking and friends. SKA-BQ vibes all around Australia and we’re smiling from ear to ear. Style up and join us on a Ska celebration that’s quintessentially Australian!” says band leader NICKY BOMBA.

    There will also be a limited edition print from Brisbane artist Linda Zucco up for grabs at the show! Check out our Facebook page for more info.

    Starting at 4pm, it finishes at 10pm – so get on down early to enjoy the summer vibes.


    Sydney SKA-BQ – 18+
    Sunday 5th March 2017
    The Factory Theatre Precinct, Marrickville
    w/ Project Collective Ska, Black Bird Hum (Ska Set), DJ’s B Hopps, Gonz, Rudy Powell, Wally, DJ Tommy Gunn with DJ Greazer
    Tickets $45 + bf

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