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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.