AFRO DIZZI ACT

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  • Afro Dizzi Act
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Afro Dizzi Act

For just over decade, Afro Dizzi Act has been performing in Australia and throughout East Asia, collaborating with musicians of the globe and performing a style of music the industry has described as fusion, or, as preferred by the band, roots infused World Beat. The unification of the bands sound lies in their ability to perform with the depth, feel and telepathy nurtured from 10 years of playing together, their collective compositional skills and the exceptional craftsmanship of the bands vocalist, Senegalese born Jali Buba Kuyateh.

Sonic stylist and saxophonist Nick Aggs, 
guitarist/lyricist Sol Carroll, Bassman OJ Newcomb and drummer Mark Landsbury Henman are not only the backbone of Afro, they stand out individually as being exceptionally gifted musicians with a plethora of recordings and tours under their belts. 

Over ten years the sound of Afro Dizzi Act has evolved from its humble beginnings as a five piece party band to an internationally travelled unit with a catalogue of recordings and a solidified and focused sonic direction.

As word spread in the late nineties of Afro’s outrageous musicianship and fun filled jams, invitations came thick and fast to play throughout Queensland. A dedication to funk and odd time rhythmic explorations was 
documented in 1999 with a now collectable limited run of CD’s recorded at the Woodford Folk Festival. 

It was the release of their Hip Hop and Drum and Bass tinged debut studio album Audio Cookie through Hydrofunk records in 2002 that catapulted the band onto the Australian festival and touring circuit. Performances as a headliner at the following three Woodford Folk Festivals, the Byron Bay For just over decade, Afro Dizzi Act has been performing in Australia and throughout East Asia, collaborating with musicians of the globe and performing a style of music the industry has described as fusion, or, as preferred by the band, roots infused World Beat.

The unification of the bands sound lies in their ability to perform with the depth, feel and telepathy nurtured from 10 years of playing together, their collective compositional 
skills and the exceptional craftsmanship of the bands vocalist, Senegalese born Jali Buba Kuyateh. Sonic stylist and saxophonist Nick Aggs, guitarist/lyricist Sol Carroll, Bassman OJ Newcomb and drummer Mark Landsbury Henman are not only the backbone of Afro, they stand out individually as being exceptionally gifted musicians with a plethora of recordings and tours under their belts.

Over ten years the sound of Afro Dizzi Act has evolved from its humble beginnings as a five piece party band to an internationally travelled unit with a catalogue of recordings and a solidified and focused sonic direction. 
As word spread in the late nineties of Afro’s outrageous musicianship and fun filled jams, invitations came thick and fast to play throughout Queensland. A dedication to funk and odd time rhythmic explorations was 
documented in 1999 with a now collectable limited run of CD’s recorded at the Woodford Folk Festival.

It was the release of their Hip Hop and Drum and Bass tinged debut studio album Audio Cookie through Hydrofunk records in 2002 that catapulted the band onto the Australian festival and touring circuit. Performances as a headliner at the following three Woodford Folk Festivals, the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, The Big Day Out and Livid ensured Afro’s reputation as being a premier festival band.

Whilst they continued to grow in Australia, their dedication to continued learning as musicians through jazz and world sensibilities brought them opportunities to attend the Kathmandu Jazz Festival for two years running and a world music festival in Dubai where they performed alongside Trilok Gurtu. An invitation by the Indian Government to perform at Indian Independence Day was accepted creating an opportunity become the first Western band to tour North East India. These years of honing their live sound through national and international touring were released on ‘Go with the ‘Fro 2000-2003’, and represent the bands sonic palate and global influences.

In 2005, Brisbane’s cult record store Butter Beats approached Afro Dizzi Act to record two instrumental tracks that would be released on a limited edition funk 45. The two tracks recorded for the release received extensive radio play throughout Australia and are available from dealers globally.

Being the first Western band to tour North East India and two tours of Nepal had far reaching effects on the band as a creative unit. The release of their second studio album ‘Walkin’ in 2007 as a sonic documentation of these tours has left a lasting impression on the Australian music Industry. The single track ‘Walkin” as sung by Jali Buba Kuyateh is about the spiritual significance of walking, and OJ’s instrumental ‘Drop Off’ has been licensed by Ubiquity Records for the soundtrack Under the Sun.

A distribution deal with Vitamin Records in 2008 of the entire catalogue has given Afro the opportunity to solidify their work until now and concentrate on workshopping new material for their next release. Now with Jali Buba Kuyateh being granted Australian citizenship and the recent input of Tabla sensation Dheeraj Shrestha, Afro Dizzi Act has become a genuine melting pot for musical ideas of a global perspective, a message to the world that cultural differences need not be a source of conflict but a source of peace and unity.

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