Rhythms of mother earth

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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