After a massive WA tour in September 2012, which saw sell-out shows at venues that were begging them to return before they’d even left, OKA return to the west coast for a string of summer sessions. Their live shows this February are set to showcase some brand new tunes, currently being recorded for an end-of-year album release.
The band is on a roll; call it the 100th monkey syndrome if you like, but the momentum surrounding OKA is huge right now. The three-piece returned from an intense 80-show, 50-day tour of North America last year to a 2012 summer filled with smashing gigs and festival appearances including: Island Vibe (Qld), Eclipse Festival (Qld), AWME (Australasian World Music Expo; VIC), Mullumbimby Music Festival (NSW; the only band to be invited back to every fest since it started), Camp Groove, Rainbow Serpent (VIC) and Subsonic (NSW). The band’s showcase performance at AWME impressed both Australian and international selectors, resulting in the band’s selection for 2013 festivals including a headline slot at the Apollo Bay Festival in Victoria, Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic and Festival International de Louisiana, USA.
Founded in 2002, OKA have been carving their own route and earning themselves a stellar following among music lovers and their contemporaries, releasing six albums to date and selling 100,000+ CDs worldwide. Set to expand their audiences at home and abroad, OKA will be taking off to headline the Bali Spirit Festival in March, then back to Tasmania in April for the Nayri Nairi Festival. A worldwide tour will then take them away from home shores for winter, via Hawaii and the US to Europe. OKA has already made a big mark in Canada with 10 tours, as well as tours to US, Japan and countless traversing of Australia.
Incorporating flavours of dub, electronica, hip-hop, jazz and many forms of world music, OKA’s sound can sometimes be hard to describe – other than that it is highly infectious and thoroughly addictive. The best way to define OKA is by the three interesting characters that make up the outfit, bringing together a variety of influences, backgrounds and talents. Stu Boga Fergie (Didgeristu), the big man behind the electronic beats and keys, brings raw didgeridoo and vocals inspired by his Aboriginal heritage. Chris Lane plays captivating melody on slide guitar, harmonica and woodwind instruments including bamboo, flute and sax. Making up the trio is Samoan-Australian Charlie Zappa – a rhythm specialist with beats of Polynesian fire and deep pocket. Together they blend many pieces that are the OKA puzzle and promises to provide one hot end to summer in WA.
Don’t miss these special shows as OKA returns to WA before heading back overseas.
OKA WA TOUR
Wednesday 6 February – INDI BAR, Scarborough
Thursday 7 February – Mojos, North Fremantle
w/ DJ Simmo T
Friday 8 February – White Star, Albany;
Saturday 9 February – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Sunday 10 February – Railway Hotel, North Fremantle
w/ DJ Simmo T