Announcing the release of his new album Good Voodoo
& Accompanying National Tour
World renowned rhythmic didgeridoo virtuoso and percussionist Ganga Giri (pronounced gun-gah gear-ree) has announced that he will be heading out around the country to launch his new album Good Voodoo.
A pumping percussive multi-layered experience of complex grooves and raw natural sounds, Ganga Giri’s music is a melting pot of genres and cultures. Ganga mixes an array of tribal percussion (congas, djembe, bougarabou, Nigerian talking drum, mbira) and indigenous flavours (didgeridoo and dance) into a deep earth dance experience - fusing aspects of dub, dancehall, reggae and electro genres.
A lauded international performer, Ganga Giri has appeared everywhere from Glastonbury Festival (UK), Woetsjtock Festival (Netherlands), Boom Festival (Portugal), Fusion Festival (Germany) and the Vancouver Folk Festival (Canada) through to the Woodford Folk and Falls Festival’s here in Australia. This, coupled with multiple tours of Canada, USA, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and Europe, has ensured that Ganga Giri and his band are widely & wildly appreciated by audiences all over the world.
Good Voodoo – The Album
After a session busking on the streets of London a few years ago, Ganga Giri received a call from former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel inviting him down to his studio’s to record some didge. The resulting recording ended up as the soundtrack to the internationally acclaimed film; Rabbit Proof Fence.
It’s this innate sense of ‘collaboration, inspiration and fate’ that is the foundation behind both Ganga Giri and more specifically,his new album Good Voodoo. Says Ganga: “The doors keep opening and new inspiration keeps coming. Many people hear the word Voodoo and get a bit scared but it is just energy. The Ganga Giri show and performance is all about Good Energy and sharing the celebration through the live experience, so ‘Good Voodoo’ seemed a very appropriate name for this album.”
In keeping with ‘sharing the celebration’, Good Voodoo draws inspiration from all parts of the globe, bringing together a host of collaborators including famed Canadian blues artist Harry Manx, Yeshe Reiners, Gnarnayarrahe Waitare, Deya Dova, Gumaroy Newman and French Guianese vocalist Jornick Joelick .
Summarises Ganga: “I like to bring people together to celebrate. I see myself more now as a producer, and as a producer and community builder, it’s not just about me playing didgeridoo anymore but more about directing a multicultural musical platform. I am inspired to fuse that sound and for it to become absorbable by a really wide audience internationally.
Due to the fact that Ganga wanted people to be able to understand the message as well as dance to it, Good Voodoo has a lot more vocal content than his previous albums. But this is also due to the presence and key contributions across the album of vocalist Jornick Joelick. Ganga tells the story: “an amazing vocalist we found in Canada a few years ago, Jornick just literally wandered in out of the bush on Saltspring Island (off the coast of British Columbia). He was staying nearby, fresh out of France and first time in Canada. Whilst walking in the bush he heard the dub coming from our bass players Sean’s place and just wandered in. A week later we were touring Canada so he came on tour with us, he got up on for a song at some stage, it synced in amazingly and so he joined us on the rest of the tour and then came back to Australia with us afterwards. We’ve been hanging out, recording and touring the world ever since.”
As well as Jornick singing on the album, ‘Good Voodoo’ also features the indigenous artists Ganga Giri perform’s with in Australia and around the world lending their vocals to tracks. Specifically Gumaroy on Byami who is a regular feature of Ganga's band, Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie (actor, singer and didge player) with story-telling on Travelling Too and Uncle Owen (elder) onSacred Words.
Good Voodoo Launch Shows
Friday May 6 – Casablabla, Adelaide SA
Saturday May 7 – Casablabla, Adelaide SA
Friday May 13 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Saturday May 14 – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
Friday May 20 – Mullumbimby Civic Hall, Mullumbimby NSW
Saturday May 21 – The Joynt, Brisbane QLD
Friday May 27 – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen NSW
Saturday May 28 – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast QLD
Friday June 3 – Indi Bar, Perth WA
Saturday June 4 – Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Saturday June 11 & Sunday June 12 – Snowy Mountains of Music, Perisher NSW
Friday June 24 – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Saturday June 25 – Transit Bar Canberra ACT
Sunday June 26 – Tone Sydney NSW
Friday July 1 – Republic Bar, Hobart TAS
Further information and dates TBA – Stay Tuned!