Formed in 1993 the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is an orchestra with a difference. Comprising of up to 34 members it is a juggernaut with some of Australia’s finest musicians. The band can perform with as little as 14 members and as many as 34+.
The self titled Melbourne Ska Orchestra debut album was released to rave reviews in 2013 and picked up 2 ARIA nominations that year. Now, after more than a decade of sold-out shows and electrifying Australian festival appearances at Bluesfest, Golden Plains, Caloundra, Queenscliff and AWME the band have acquired an impressive, ever-growing and dedicated overseas fan base. MSO sold out their debut London show, appeared on the bill for the iconic Glastonbury Festival and played a headline set to a crowd 50,000 at the Montreal Jazz Festival during their 2014 tour, without blowing their own horn it is safe to say MSO are quickly becoming a household name!“
Drawing on the vast amount of musical legends that have shaped the genre from the Jamaican movement through to UK Two Tone and the present day Latino Ska, MSO demonstrate a unique Australian vision with the exuberance and freewheeling colour of contemporary Ska. The outfit have crafted their sound with unexpected arrangements and seductive harmonies, of powerful horns and foot-stomping drums. Each song is like a vignette from a Ska-infused storybook, full of cinematic colour and characters bursting to life from every verse.
The mighty Melbourne Ska Orchestra continue their feat for world wide Ska domination with a 2014 ARIA nomination for ‘Best Live Act’, the sophomore album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ will be released April 22 2016 and see the band touring nationally and internationally throughout the year.
One of Australia’s busiest and highly respected musicians Nicky Bomba has jumped on his musical boat again to deliver a party filled island adventure with his new band BUSTAMENTO. New album ‘Intercontinental Journal #7′ OUT NOW.
A fairly recent addition to Nicky’s offerings, the Allstars is fast becoming a festival highlight where Nicky collects musicians from various bands appearing and proceeds to conduct an always magical, exciting experience where the audience are as much part of the evolving event..happening before their eyes.
Australia’s funkiest dance/reggae/funk band BOMBA is renowned for their energetic live shows and passionate performances.
The Truth was nominated for an ARIA in 1995. Band: Nicky Bomba (drums), Michael Caruana (keyboards), Mick Girasole (bass), Tony Kopa (vocals) and Geoff Wells (guitars). The Truth has recently reemerged, headlining at the 2012 Apollo Bay Festival, and making a special appearance at the Espy in Melbourne.