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Two Bands: Japanese Punk plus Afrikaya Band ~ The Rhythm of Dance

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As part of Eclectica Salamanca ~ a musical excursion to other times, other places,  Salamanca Arts Centre presents ...

Two Bands: 
Japanese Punk + Afrikaya Band = 
the Rhythm of Dance

Sunday 27th March 2022
The Founders Room
(enter via Wooby's Lane or take the lift in the Courtyard)
Doors and Bar open at 7pm

Performance from 
7:30pm - 8:40pm
The Tokyo Punk Mona Music Ensemble [ 起爆 ]

Born of a Tokyo-Punk-inspired performance experience at Mona, The Tokyo Punk Mona Music Ensemble [ 起爆 ] is an absurdist, anarchist ensemble in which some of Tasmania’s most talented performers smash punk and Japanese influences into a riotous thing of beauty.
Bring your best pogo shoes and leather jacket.
The Tokyo Punk Mona Music Ensemble [ 起爆 ] = 

Hayato Simpson - Synths, Drums, Violin
Yyan Ng - Guitar, Drums, Flute Shakuhachi, Taiko Drums, Banjo, Vocals
Risa Ray - Dance, Vocals
Dominic Nguyen - Bass, Double Bass, Piano
Eri Mullooly-Hill Konishi - Dance, Vocals
Andy Page - Synths, Guitar
Emi Doi - Keys, Vocals.


Then, from 9pm - 10:30pm
KING B-FINE and AFRIKAYA BAND: a Tasmanian 12-piece Afro-Beat ensemble.

KING B-FINE is the band’s unique & lively Rastafarian front man. King lives by the Rastafarian philosophy & the tradition of honouring that everyone is born royal. Originally from war torn Sierra Leone, King B-Fine now calls Australia home and resides in West Hobart with his Tasmanian wife & young family.  King B-Fine’s passion for performing started early, his musical influences include the legends of reggae & afro beat such as Marley, Tosh & Fela Kuti.

King’s musical achievements are impressive, as is his list of musical awards. He has toured Europe, shared the stage with international reggae musicians, headlined an Australian music festival in Qld and was an Australia Day Award Finalist in Sydney.


King B-Fine’s recent Afrikaya Band ensemble is a mix of eclectic Tassie musicians dedicated to delivering his upbeat Afro Beat sounds in the soulful Tassie fashion. Formed in early 2020, he and his new band have already released two locally recorded singles with music videos.

The outfit boasts an up-tempo African vibe, heavy with brass, percussion & vocal harmonies, this is music that connects with communities embracing freedom, peace and fun! King B-Fine’s instruments of choice are his deep, punchy African vocals and the djembe; his lively, phrenetic drumming style is one of the awe-inspiring highlights of their performances.

With the Afro-beat genre potentially the next big musical experience to explode in Australia, King B-Fine and his Afrikaya Band are at the forefront of this underexplored musical groove in Australia. King B-Fine has an ambitious dream – to be the best Afro Beat band is Australia, and with King’s established musical track record, passion & energy he, and his Afrikaya Band are well on their way.

Eclectica Salamanca is supported by the City of Hobart through its Cultural Grants Program and by the Commonwealth Government's Office of the Arts via the RISE Fund.

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