Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

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


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