Nicky Bomba is one of Australia’s busiest and most highly respected musicians. He has built a solid reputation via many projects, including writing and performing with his band Bomba, conducting the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, playing drums on John Butler’s award-winning Sunrise over Sea and April Uprising, to being the artistic producer for the Multicultural Arts Victoria ‘Visible’ project.
Nicky has jumped on his musical boat again to deliver a party-filled island adventure with his new band Bustamento. The first single Manana is a jitterbuggin’ upbeat ska-infused expedition that ticks all the right tropical boxes. It was originally recorded by Peggy Lee in 1948 and the Bustamento boys have turned this classic into a mento/calypso/ska/reggae hybrid that delivers a smilin’ punch and a ticket to dance.
The forthcoming album, entitled Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim Islands, finds Nicky sourcing both classic and rare tunes while writing a whole swag of new songs in keeping with the form, covering the calypso, mento, early reggae and ska styles.
Friday at the Beach Hotel.