Live music on a Hot Planet Gahu Summer Tour 2005
*Live music on a Hot Planet Gahu Summer Tour 2005 Appearing in Wellington at Happy *cnr Tory & Vivian Streets *Wednesday January 26th* 10pm $10 * * In the last part of January Gahu take their funky, Aotearoa style of Global Fusion to Manawatu, Wellington & Taranaki for the first time.This energetic Grey Lynn band is a combination of African and jazz musicians improvising over hypnotic cross rhythms, the basis of the infectious polyrhythmic sound that is Gahu. They have been making a name for themselves lately in Auckland and at festivals around the North Island.
*_Performance highlights in 2004_* Ellerslie Flower Show, The* *National Jazz Festival, First Night Aotea Square, Pacific Rosebowl Festival, Rotorua Streatfest, Ponsonby Alive, K’Road Karnival, Grey Lynn Festival, Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival, Thursday residency @ the London Bar, The First Ghana Independence Day Celebrations in New Zealand.
In March 2004 Gahu released their debut album Hot Planet to critical acclaim -
“..the band’s performances are expansive, one minute rocking out, the next as mellow as a night under the stars. Their infectious, instrumental caress and fire overflows with international textures and jazz universality, and such ‘rhythm ‘n’ jazz Aotearoa’ can only be good for the soul. “ Brent Cardy Real Groove March 2004
“Gahu bill themselves as a ‘new style of NZ music’, and for once the hype is accurate... This is music made by Kiwi musicians with a wealth of experience with acts like Midge Marsden, Rick Bryant and Moana & The Tribe. “Hot planet” is smooth, rhythmic and funky.” Marty Duda Citymix March 2004
“It's great. Rhythmically richest thing I've heard in this country for ages.” Nick Bollinger The Sampler National Radio Feb 2004
“From out of Africa...and Grey Lynn *GAHU* *** Gahu... leans into tunes which owe much to Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s groove-based approach and are lacquered with guitars and... saxophones. There’s a lengthy percussion groove laid down on the traditional Ghanaian tunes /Like Water Like Tokwe/ and /Kpanlogo,/ and /Free Gift Tomorrow/ dumps the funk over a bassline that Tim Finn might have used for /Dirty Creature /before the guitars take it into juju. Back in the 80s Jim Langabeer’s Superbrew group successfully fused Africa and Aotearoa from a jazz perspective, but Gahu come from the afrobeat angle with equally good results.. Get into the groove.” Graham Reid NZ Herald March 6 2004
*_Gahu are:_* Bud Hooper Ghana drums, drumkit Lance McNicoll guitar Cadzow Cossar guitar Jane McAllister electric bass Ben McNicoll saxophones
*and presenting *Mr Y.B. on Ghana drums, singing & dancing