THE UN OF MUSIC
XAVIER Rudd put the idea of creating a band out to the universe and it delivered in the form of new nine-piece Xavier Rudd and the United Nations.
“It was an idea that I had for a long time and a dream that I’ve had to put this kind of band together but I was very patient with that,” he said.
“I needed to be ready and everything had to be right, physically, musically, spiritually.
“This year presented the time, and as soon as I put it out to the universe it was very organic, it was kind of out of my hands, like our ancestors had a cup of tea and they put us all together.”
The United Nations consists
When: Tickets: of musicians from South Africa, Samoa, Germany, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and indigenous Australia, who have combined their talents with Rudd to create their first album Nanna.
“It’s its own sound; it’s a reggae album, it’s got its reggae roots but it is a unique style,” Rudd said.
“Everyone brings their musical influence from different cultures to the table and it shapes an interesting story. It is a really beautiful, interesting, unique-sounding album.”
People who have seen Rudd play live will know his flair with instruments, but he said this album was the first time he had concentrated on his voice.
“In the past I guess my voice is just always in the background, but with this record I was really able to spend some time in my mind, focusing on my voice and delivering a story and that was fun, I enjoyed that,” he said.
Rudd said the audience could expect a “big dance party” when he and The United Nations played West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival next month.
“This band is going to be really fun for the crowd… you can’t stand still when this band’s playing live, nobody will be standing still.”
Nanna will be released nationally on March 13