Rhythms of mother earth
TAKING their name from the Peruvian word meaning ‘‘mother earth’’, Byron Bay band Pacha Mamma give back to nature by making worldly music. Fusing elements of roots, rock, blues, reggae and funk, frontman Micka Semfel (pictured) is inspired by the alternative surf culture from his hometown. Semfel is known for his energetic live performances, often switching between resonator and Weissenborn slide guitars and a Cajon drum. The singer says he has become a conscious music troubadour. ‘‘I am a vessel through which rhythm and melody pass through and my spirit brings it to life,’’ he says. Joining Semfel on stage is Luke Ferguson on bass, Shay Henderson on drums and eccentric performer Liam ‘‘Rasta’’ Dorney on trumpet and vocals. ‘‘It’s all about playing live for us, so everything has been built around our live shows,’’ says Semfel. ‘‘We unconsciously have created music that no matter what your taste you will find something in it you love. We deliver an energetic show of rock, reggae, blues and funk that has many hooks.’’ Pacha Mamma released Woman, a three-track EP, in 2011, and followed up with a debut album Piece Together Peace last year.
Pacha Mamma play Southport Sharks tomorrow night.