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Big Summer for Batucada Sound Machine

Big Summer for Batucada Sound Machine

Debut Album Released and Touring NZ and Australia

Hot on the heels of a massive three-week tour of the UK which included stand-out performances at the world renowned WOMAD Reading Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Auckland-based Brazilian samba fusion collective Batucada Sound Machine has launched their debut album Live at the Bowl of Brooklands.

Well-known for their blistering live performances, which have captured the attention of the BBC and Scotland on Sunday, both of whom raved about the band's enormous passion and energy, BSM is fast developing an international reputation for diversity, musicality, collective impulsiveness & an infectiously energetic on-stage presence.

The album Live at the Bowl of Brooklands was recorded at WOMAD New Zealand 2005 and captures the band's enormous energy and enthusiasm on stage.

At the same time as launching the album, the band has also released their first studio single Tremblin' and is now preparing to play live gigs over summer in New Zealand and Australia.

Live performances this summer include Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne on New Year's Eve, Parihaka International Peace Festival in Taranaki on Friday 5 January, George in the Park in Auckland on Tuesday 6 February, Soundsplash at Raglan on Friday 23 February and headlining Cuba St Carnival on Saturday 24 February, Lothlorien Festival on Saturday 3 March, at the Piha Surf Competitions on Saturday 10 March and at AK07 in the Spiegeltent on Sunday 11 March. In Australia, they perform at Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland from 27-30 December with a return performance at the Sydney Festival in January.

With members hailing from all around the globe - the seeds of Batucada Sound Machine were planted by five of its current members in a dimly lit back room of Galatos lounge bar in Auckland 2003.

Over the past few years, the band has continued to evolve with various expansions and contractions. MC Hazadus (of Che Fu & the Crates fame) joined the, now, 13-piece band in 2006 and bought with him an exceptional lyrical flavor combining BSM's massive

samba-reggae percussion, rich pacific soul, afro-beat, and funk styles and has created the unique sound that is Batucada Sound Machine today.

Batucada Sound Machine's album Live at the Bowl of Brooklands is distributed in New Zealand by Border Music and available at most good music outlets. The studio single Tremblin' is available for download from www.amplifier.co.nz. For more information on Batucada Sound Machine, visit www.batucadasoundmachine.com.

Band Members featured on "Live at the Bowl of Brooklands" in no particular order: MANI FAGUNDES (guitar & vocals), EDWIN WESTERMEIER (congas), RICHARD SETFORD (guitar & vocals), ROD REDGRAVE (percussion), JAMES HUGHES (keys, vocal & percussion), JANIE SHERIDAN (surdo), ROTA BARRINGTON (drums), CAROL GREEN (surdo), ALEX URLICH (bass), JEN DENT (surdo), MATT SHANKS (bass), MONA-LYNN COURTEAU (surdo), ANDREW McDOWALL (trumpet), MC BLING, DJ DEFINITE, HADYN GODFREY (trombone), WAIRERE ITI (sax), MC HAZADUS.

Ay Muleque!

ENDS


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