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Bringing the ‘Funky Bus’ to town

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Funkatu Collective

Louey Howell and the Funkatu Collective are an original psychedelic, bush funk band who combine an eclectic fusion of reggae, soul, ska and hip-hop into a delightfully delicious explosion of funky goodness guaranteed to get your booty shakin’.

Much loved Bellingen band Funkatu will be travelling up to the Northern Rivers to spread their funk and good vibes and to promote the launch of their debut single ‘Funky Bus’ – a song inspired by Macy Gray’s Live at Las Vegas and Michael Franti (all the freaky people make the beauty in the world). The track and video clip dropped on March 29 on all the usual platforms except Spotify (who, Funkatu are boycotting for ethical reasons). It’s their first official release and tour. Funkatu are super excited to get more feet stompin’ and heads bopping.

This is a fresh movement with an original groove that is representing Bellingen and a unique Mid North Coast sound.

‘Funky Bus’ is a song about letting go of our inhibitions and having a good time. This first official release by Funkatu has a tight, rocking vibe. It features the soaring vocals of Georgie Chorley and the bodacious guitars of Bret Divola, Matt Robson and Mic Thomas. The release also has an accompanying music video which was filmed at the Water Closet surf shop at a forest protest fundraiser. It’s something that’s close to home for band leader Louey who is a dedicated and deadly surfer.

They are touring this single until the wheels fall off.

The ‘Funky Bus’ single tour will feature the unmistakable Aussie songwriting of lyricist Louey Howell on drums and didgeridoo, Dan McCosker on de funky bass, Hannah Harlen on sweet vocals and electric guitar and Ahva Dub lifting the vibes on vox, synths and a jazzy bamboo flute.

The Funkatu Collective will be playing at The Rails on Friday, The Sheoak Shack on Saturday, the Uki Buttery Bazaar Market on Sunday, and the Metropole Lismore on Friday, June 21.

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