Baghdad beats... with Brazil bits

World music outfit Azadoota is coming to the North Coast to share grooves and the spirit of peace.

Azadootas front man Robin Zirwanda was born in Baghdad, where his father was a popular guitarist and singer. At age 16 Robin escaped from Iraq and migrated to Australia, where he started his musical career as a drummer.Over the years Robin became one of Australias top percussionists, working with local acts Floyd Vincent & the Childbrides and Latin Fire, and touring with Don McLean and Mark Murphy.

Azadoota is Robins first venture writing songs and singing in his native language, Assyrian.

Azadoota in Assyrian means freedom, Robin said. And our band stands for freedom from cultural and ethnic prejudice.

Baghdad meets Brazil when this world musicparty band hits the North Coast doing gigs at the Bangalow Hotel this Friday, December 7, from 8pm; The Rails in Byron this Saturday, December 8, from 6.30pm; and at Nimbin Hotel this Sunday, December 9, from 1.30-5pm.


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