Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute, saxophone and backing vocals, Xavier Rudd & The United Nations bands
together musicians from all corners of the globe representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany
and Papua New Guinea.
The Noosa favourites that pop up include Peter Hunt (of Afro-reggae outfit Kooii), Uke-toting drummer Bobby Alu (formerly of OKA) and Chris Lane (also
formerly of OKA) - and their sonic fingerprints are all over it.
Peter regularly makes the pilgrimage to Noosa from his home in Brisbane and considers the magical places in Noosa and the Hinterland as some of his favourite
places to play and perform. Whether there’s the rare chance to catch a Kooii or Ruby Blue show in the area, or perhaps a private vocal workshop at
a special spot like the beautiful House With No Walls, Peter’s vocals, trumpet and delicate guitar work is a joy to hear.
Bobby Alu, the percussive backbone of the Oka Collective for many years, remains a regular on the coast with his band of Island Vibers, and will be back
in Noosa for a show later in the year. He and fellow Oka collaborator Chris Lane, who adds ethereal woodwind and pipes to The United Nations, are shining
examples of hard-working, dedicated original artists. This area should certainly be proud to see artists such as these doing non-stop tours of North
America and Europe, and in the process, fulfilling an important ambassadorial role, shining the light of the Sunshine Coast the world over.
Nanna from Xavier Rudd & The United Nations is being released worldwide at the end of March. For a taste of the music, visit www.xavierrudd.com