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(pic­tured) hope their Blues­fest con­nec­tions work to their ad­van­tage this week­end – the Afro-Colom­bian octet have in­vited a cou­ple of in­ter­na­tional guests to share the stage with them when they play By­ron Bay’s Bud­dha Bar on Mon­day night. Wa­tussi, who play the Coast on Satur­day be­fore they head down the high­way to By­ron, toured with San­tana in 2011 and opened for fel­low for­eign-tongued mu­si­cian Manu Chao at his Blues­fest sideshows in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne this week. Front­man Os­car Jimenez says he’s al­ready put the word out to a few artists. ‘‘We are play­ing By­ron the last day of Blues­fest which is a good thing as some of the artists will still be hang­ing around,’’ he says. Wa­tussi are Latino-tinged roots-rock­ers with a knack for get­ting crowds mov­ing to their tur­bu­lent horns and par­ty­fu­elled rhythms. Colom­bian ex-pat Jimenez says while he writes 90 per cent of Wa­tussi’s songs in Span­ish, the con­nec­tion with his English-speak­ing au­di­ence isn’t lost. ‘‘Peo­ple con­nect to the mu­sic, not the lan­guage,’’ he says. The eight-piece band has toured through­out Asia, play­ing shows in South Korea and Ja­pan. But when Wa­tussi made their first trip to South Amer­ica in 2010, Jimenez says he re­con­nected with his roots. ‘‘We want to go to South Amer­ica to record our next al­bum – maybe in Au­gust or Septem­ber,’’ he says. ‘‘We felt the con­nec­tion there was very big, es­pe­cially in Lima, Peru. When we go back we want to set­tle for a month and do a res­i­dency in a few bars while we record. It would be an in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to make it hap­pen. Aus­tralia are an amaz­ing au­di­ence, in terms of the dance and the en­ergy. But South Amer­ica take it to the next level in a deeper sense. The lyrics res­onate.’’

Wa­tussi, Cat­e­gory 5 and DJ Pa­prika play The Loft, on Chevron Is­land, on Satur­day night and the By­ron Bay Brew­ery’s Bud­dha Bar on Mon­day.

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