The 5 Lands Experience is back for August. A regular monthly community event at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, each month, The 5 Lands Experience begins with a free community drum circle, at 5pm all ages and levels encouraged. Bring your own drum or have a go with ours! We’ll have loads of different percussion for everyone to try.
A well established, well known local band, The 5 Lands Band has run for over 9 years around the Central Coast – from Terrigal, to Erina, to Gosford. Named after originally forming to perform at the popular Central Coast 5 Lands Walk in Terrigal, the ever changing line up of The 5 Lands Band, lead by Rendra Freestone, brings together some of the top musicians from the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle. The unique band doesn’t practice, nor write music together, but rather create improvised jams, based on funk, jazz, folk and groove. Well known for getting the dance floor filled, the 5 Lands Band kick off music at 6.30pm.
Feature artist this month is Moussa Diakite and Wassado
Moussa Diakite & Wassado play modern Malian music inspired by the rich musical traditions of his West African homeland.
Emerging from the golden era of Malian music in the 1970s & 80s as one of its most influential and respected lead guitarists, Moussa performed with the seminal Super Rail Band de Bamako, the legendary Toumani Diabaté’s Yanga Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed voice of Africa Salif Keita, before migrating to Australia in 1994.
Since that time Moussa has been an influential force in the Australian African music scene. He formed Badema (The brothers) followed by the Afro Jazz and became a feature of the local festival circuit playing at Bellingen, Kiama and the Apollo Bay Festivals as well as performing with Malian diva Oumou Sangare at the Sydney Opera House. Moussa was also a key component in other groups including Keyim Ba and Chosani Afrique.
After an absence of many years Moussa returned to Mali to record his new album Doncomodja which translates as “A gift from god”. Waiting for him in Bamako at the legendary Studio Yeelen were old friends and some of Mali’s finest musicians including; Djelimady Tounkara, Cheick Tidiane Seck, recent Grammy award nominee Bassekou Kouyaté and multi-Grammy award winning kora player, Toumani Diabaté.
Moussa Diakite along with his exciting new Sydney based band Wassado will be performing tracks from Doncomodja, fusing traditional Malian styles with blues, jazz, Cuban and Afro-rock, creating an exciting and dynamic mix.
As a not for profit community space, The Rhythm Hut is dedicated to supporting the arts and music on The Central Coast, and this monthly event is open to the whole community, with entry by donation. Suitable and affordable for the whole family, patrons are encouraged to pay whatever they can afford to help keep this unique space running, and such events happening on The Central Coast. Delicious home style cooked dinners and desserts are available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is fully licensed with assorted beers, wines and ciders, including locally made Six String beers. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
FUNDRAISING FOR THE ACUPUNCTURE RELIEF PROJECT & EMMA SNARE’S VOLUNTEER TRIP TO NEPAL
Emma Snare is the local Chinese Medicine Practitioner at HealthHQ Erina. At the end of August Emma will be volunteering 8 weeks of her time to provide acupuncture to those in Nepal who have NO other medical care.
Donations to Emma’s cause will go directly to helping supply her clinical acupuncture and herbal supplies for the trip as well as food and shelter necessities.
Acupuncture Relief Project is a non-for-profit organization that aims to provide health care to those in rural communicates of Nepal. In addition to this, Emma will be helping train translators in English to further support the communities education as well as documenting her experiences to help the world research base.
Emma has a passion for healing and is extremely excited about her trip. She is keen to immerse herself in a community who is in need of serious healthcare.
Emma encourages all readers to follow their passion ‘the things that scare you most, but you know are right, are the things you have the most to gain from doing’
Step out and make a difference!
WHAT: The 5 Lands Experience ft. The 5 Lands Band and Moussa Diakite & Wassado
WHEN: Sunday 27th August, from 5pm
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
COST: Entry by donation
Information and images courtesy of The Rhythm Hut publicity