Nicky Bomba is a man of many talents, and has been part of many a musical enterprise. Born Nicholas Caruana in Malta in 1963, he came to Australia with his family a year later. He learned to play drums at age six, and formed his first band in his teens. That band was Fugitive Flight, and since then he’s been in Guided Tour, The Truth, Banana Oil, Bomba, Bustamento and his new outfit, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
He’s perhaps best known for his role as drummer with the John Butler Trio. This week, on Tony Hillier’s World of Music, we sample Nicky’s work, beginning with Banana Oil, a band he formed in the mid 90s. We’ll hear music by his next band, Bomba, the more recent Bustamento, and a rousing piece from his new project, the very ambitious and entertaining Melbourne Ska Orchestra.
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Troubleshooting from Banana Oil’s 1996 album Guava Lampo
Pomodoro from Bomba’s 2000 album Population
Deep Sleeper Man from Bustamento’s 2012 album
Intrepid Adventures To The Lost Riddim Islands
Get Smart from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s 2013 self-titled album
Nicky Bomba plays the Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns on May 24th.
Tony Hillier is one of Australia’s leading music journalists and a musician of long standing here in far north Queensland. His informed and insightful coverage of music features in The Weekend Australian and Rhythms magazine http://rhythms.com.au/ .
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