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Melbourne Ska Orchestra Present: THE DIPLOMAT TOUR
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Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) hit the road earlier this year to celebrate the release of their debut self titled album. Managing to fill venues with hoards of smiling faces and dancing bodies. MSO scored nothing but rave reviews, for their grand adventure.
Although touring 30+ members is no mean feat, the time has come to hit the road again and take this beast a little farther afield. Starting in Brisbane at the BigSound conference in September, MSO will then travel to Adelaide and WA, before heading back to the east coast for a Sydney show and run of festivals including; Caloundra and Queenscliff.
An explosive celebration of music unfolds on stage with some of Australia's finest musicians, when the 30 od piece orchestra hit the stage. Imagine the force of an 18 piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist and 4 singers and you may only begin to understand the life force that is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, John Butler Trio, Bustamento), with his professional, energetic and impulsive conducting style, Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a fun-loving big band experience playing music influenced by the golden ska period. A massive hit at festivals; the MSO is fast becoming a must-see institution with members hailing from some of the best ska and reggae bands in Australia.
Out now on FOUR'FOUR, the self titled debut album from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is the culmination of years of passion and performance from one of the most energetic and inspired ensembles currently winning over audiences right across the country. This is music at its most entertaining; vibrant, surprising, and with a beat to shame the Devil. This is Ska.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the new single release, late August. "The Diplomat", featuring vocals by the sultry Rebecca Ari and Pat Powell ('Best Things In Life Are Free', as seen on the National Freeview TVC), is sure to get your money-maker skankin.
"..the sheer amount of manic movement and spirited skanking evident at the show simply proves the power of Ska and Reggae. There's something in the music that makes people move without thinking, seemingly hypnotized." Jon Jobbagy - AU Review