Kenya on the North Coast

Judy Campbell is the vocalist and composer for Mosaic, a world jazz outfit. Theyll perform with Kenyan percussionist Bandika Ngao in Murwillumbah this Friday.

Led by singer Judy Campbell, Mosaic brings together accomplished musicians from Australia and overseas to create contemporary jazz and world music. Mosaics sound explores musical influences ranging from African to Jewish, Brazilian to American, with a particular focus on vocal textures and powerful rhythms.

This Friday, February 23, Mosaic will play the Murwillumbah Civic Centre with their musical collaborator Kenyan percussionist Bandika Ngao.

Theyll perform material from their recent album Colours of Kenya.

The creative partnership between Mosaic and Bandika began in 2004 with a tour in South Africa. Their drummer at the time, Nick McBride, had studied with Bandika in Kenya for several months in the 1990s. Nicks first album Bandika was inspired by this experience.

On the strength of Nicks recommendations, Bandika travelled from Mombasa to join Mosaics South African tour in 2004, never having met or played before with any of the other band members. It was an amazing reunion between Bandika and Nick, as they hadnt seen each other for nearly 10 years.

From its beginnings in 2002, the eight-piece Mosaic has pursued the idea of unity in diversity within contemporary jazz. Colours of Kenya builds upon this theme by working with Kenyan sounds.

The Murwillumbah Civic Centre is in Tumbulgum Road in Murwillumbah. Tickets are $18/12 and available on 6672 5404.

The rhythms start at 7.30pm.

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