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Oka


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With four successful Canadian tours including a main stage gig at The Montreal Jazz Festival 2007 and numerous performances in Japan, Singapore and New Zealand, Australian group OKA have the world in their sights.
 
In Australia, OKA have been setting the summer festival circuit alight. Triple J (nationwide radio station) reported OKA's Bellingen Global Carnival performance as "the freshest gig of the year!", followed by standout performances at Newtown Festival, Earth Dance, Exodus & The Dreaming Festival and the pinnacle of Australia’s festival circuit - Woodford Folk Festival.
 
The music of OKA brings musical traditions and cultures together – ancient and modern – black and white. The traditional rhythms of the Yadaki (didgeridoo) weave throughout pumping electronic beats, vocals, exotic woodwinds, world percussion, slide guitar and vocals – a fusion of organic world sounds and modern electronica. OKA’s ’‘must see’’ live shows are powerful, diverse, and inspiring - winning them audiences all around the globe.
 
OKA’s latest studio album ‘half LAZY half CRAZY’ follows the amazing success of their first three albums, ‘elements’, ‘onetalk’ and ‘music makes me happy’ which have already sold tens of thousands of copies around the world. They have also been included on a number of compilation CDs in Germany on the Stereo Deluxe and Ministry of Sound labels.
 
The OKA vibe is infectious, catch them if you can. OKA (Australia) Live electronic beats, didgeridoo, world percussion, woodwinds, slide guitar and vocals - an explosive fusion of organic world sounds and electronica.
Look out for their new album coming out in October '09.
 
Performances
 
Montreal Jazz Festival 2007
Greenroom Festival , Osaka and Yokohama, Japan 2007
The Dreaming Festival (Australia) 2006, 2007
PercuPhonie Festival (Quebec, Canada) 2006
Bluewater Festival (Australia) 2006, 2007
Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), 2006-7, 2005-6
Newtown Festival (Sydney, Australia) 2006
EarthDance (Perth, Australia) 2007, 2006
Exodus Festival (Australia) 2007, 2006
Maurice Nightclub (Quebec, Canada) 2006, 2005, 2003
Circus Nightclub (Montreal, Canada) 2005
Music By The Sea Festival (Australia) 2006
Singapore Buskers Festival 2002, 2004
IndoChine Nightclub (Singapore) 2004
Calgary Stampede (Canada) 2003
Just For Laughs (Montreal, Canada) 2003
DiversCite (Montreal, Canada) 2003, 2005
Gulf Islands Tour, British Columbia, Canada 2007,2006,2005
Just Dance Event, Vancouver 2007, 2006, 2005
Bellingen Global Carnival (Australia) 2005
JoyFest (Gold Coast, Australia) 2006, 2005
Surfing the Coldstream (Yamba, Australia) 2006, 2005
National Multicultural Festival (Canberra, Australia) 2007,2004
National Museum of Australia (Canberra, Australia) 2004, 2003, 2002
Albury Multicultural Festival (Albury, Australia) 2004
Halifax International Buskers Festival (Halifax, Canada) 2006, 2005, 2003
Kingston Buskers Rendezvous (Kingston, Canada) 2006, 2005
Australian National Gallery (Canberra, Australia) 2002, 2004
Auckland Zoo (New Zealand) 2003
Toast Club (Canberra, Australia) 2004
Sol Bar (Coolum Beach, Australia) 2002-2007
Toronto International Buskers Festival (Canada) 2006, 2005, 2003
Swingin’ Safari (Gold Coast, Australia) 2006
Floriade (Canberra, Australia) 2004
 
OKA IS:
Matt Aitchison - Vocals, keyboards, drums and percussion;
 
DidgeriStu - yadaki (didgeridoo), vocals, traditional percussion, talking drum and darabuka;
 
Chris Lane - Soprano saxophone, silver flute, bansuri flutes, Irish whistles, Native American flute and slide guitar.
 

CDs


Half Lazy, Half Crazy


Music Makes Me Happy

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