NICKY BOMBA’S BUSTAMENTO
It has been a big year for Nicky Bomba and the alliance of musical mad men, who form BUSTAMENTO. The band celebrated the New Year at Woodford Folk Festival with raging crowds and played a main stage performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest at Easter. All band members are also involved in the recent Melbourne Ska Orchestra album release, which is gaining critical acclaim and rave reviews.
Set to sail the high seasin May and June, BUSTAMENTO will be touring the East Coast, from Cairns all the way down to Tassie. A party filled island adventure, BUSTAMENTO are a tropical shaking six piece that pays homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean, covering the Calypso, Mento, Early Reggae and Ska styles. Known for crowd interaction and having the dance floor jumping at all times, this tour is not to be missed.
The ARIA Nominated album, 'Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim Islands', was recorded using old school techniques by award winning engineer Robin Mai and produced by Nicky Bomba. The songs were played live to capture the chemistry of the band, which has existed in many different forms for over 15 years. In what was a totally fun and inspiring experience, BUSTAMENTO laid down 23 songs in one weekend and realised they had something special. One of Australia's busiest and most highly respected musicians, Nicky Bomba has built a solid reputation in the music industry via many projects including directing and conducting bands, Bomba, Butsamento and the massive 30 piece Melbourne Ska Orchestra, drumming for the John Butler Trio, being the Artistic Producer for the Multicultural Arts Victoria 'Visible' projects and sitting on the Australia Council Music Board. He has a discography of over a dozen albums and has been a composer/performer on many more.