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