Nicky Bomba's Bustamento
Nicky Bomba is going to be one busy man this Bluesfest! Not only will he be conducting the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, it will be the Bluesfest debut of his new band Bustamento, a tropical shaking six piece that pays homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean ,covering the Calypso, Mento, Early Reggae and Ska styles.
The inspiration for the band came about back in 2003, when Nicky was attending his first musical expo in Essen, Germany ““I reached my destination and there before me was Stanley Beckford and his Mento group. The music had a happy familiarity. They were making words up on the spot and it immediately reminded me of my Maltese heritage where we would do the same thing. Island music eh?”
On Nicky’s return to Australia he made a few phone calls and started writing songs that lent themselves perfectly to the genre. Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento was then created from bands that have existed in many different forms for over 15 years.
In 2012 the fruit of their labour “Intrepid Adventures to the Lost Riddim Islands” was ready to be released. The Aria nominated album was recorded using old school techniques by award winning engineer Robin Mai and produced by Nicky Bomba. They recorded 23 songs in one weekend and realised they had something special… Jungle drums, sweet harmonies, banjos, ukuleles, double bass, piano, trumpets, saxophones, steel drums, mbiras and jazz guitars .
Make sure you put on some comfy shoes as there is going to be a lot of dancing when Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento brings their party filled island adventure to Bluesfest this Easter!