BOMBA BLAZES

Ec­cen­tric Bustamento front­man Nicky Bomba, who vis­its the Gold Coast tonight, is on one big cre­ative roll af­ter re­leas­ing a new al­bum

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Nicky Bomba’s mu­si­cal boat is over­flow­ing with cre­ativ­ity. Pay­ing homage to the up­beat rhythms of the Caribbean, the ec­cen­tric Bustamento front­man seems to have oceans of cre­ative juice and en­ergy up his sleeves.

Head­ing to the Gold Coast tonight for a spe­cial show, the six-piece re­cently launched its sec­ond al­bum and Bomba says it’s a “dif­fer­ent and fresh” ex­pan­sion of its pre­de­ces­sor.

“With the first al­bum, we went to the Caribbean and ex­plored all those grooves and this next one is as though we’ve gone on a trip around the world,” says Bomba.

Bustamento serves as an­other cre­ative out­let for the 51-year-old and his team of mu­si­cians, with whom he shares a 20-year his­tory.

The mem­bers play in his other ven­ture, the Mel­bourne Ska Orches­tra, which he founded in the late 1990s as a joke, in a bid to break a world record for the most num­ber of horns on stage. But their first gig was so much fun that they for­got to tally up the per­form­ers and the project quickly took on a life of its own.

“Apart from be­ing good bud­dies of mine and into that style of reg­gae, ska and that type of thing, they’re also very good mu­si­cians,” he says.

He says the con­nec­tion came from each artist hav­ing a strong un­der­stand­ing of dif­fer­ent gen­res and how to ap­ply them. Bomba comes from a mu­si­cal fam­ily. His sis­ter Danielle Caru­ana per­forms as Mama Kin and is mar­ried to John But­ler, with whom Bomba per­formed as the drum­mer in the famed John But­ler Trio.

“I like to lis­ten to all dif­fer­ent mu­sic, I love roots mu­sic re­ally,” he says.

“There’s an essence of per­for­mance and sto­ry­telling that lives in eth­nic mu­sic that … goes straight to the bone.”

Bustamento, Sound­lounge, tonight.

Nicky Bomba brings his Bustamento band to the Gold Coast.

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