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July 4, 2022

He’s got soul and he’s the man

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Soulman O’Gaia comes via Jamaica and England to land finally in Australia. A towering 196cm tall, he is a fluent raconteur spreading feel-good vibes in the high-energy performances that are his trademark.

Beginning in the depths of London’s Underground subways, he honed his skills in the volatile world of workingmen’s pubs, clubs and bars across Europe, England and Australia. O’Gaia has become a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, and a classic tunesmith. His latest release is the uplifting and diverse Freedom Songs CD.

Soul’s dynamic groove-laden rhythms on guitar, didgeridoo, mouth-harp, slide and assorted percussion move from toe tapping country-funk and blues, to road-ready rock’n’roll and journey on through folksy balladeering to Caribbean-style reggae all in the service of the most positive and inspiring songs played back to back… anywhere.

All told his big voice reaching out with great range and clarity is his most powerful calling card. When he sings you see the intensity of emotion on his face shift to the joy of a smile welcoming the soulful stirring of the gospel jazz and blues of his musical ancestry.

Soul drew capacity crowds at each of his five Woodford performances in 2011, was a triumph at this year’s Bluesfest and has held the stage with Archie Roach, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray and other trademark Australian artists.

 

Soulman will give a special concert and Cigar Box Guitar workshop on Saturday at Tallebudgera Valley Community Hall.


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