RAIN didn’t deter people packing the floor and dancing to the hypnotic beat of Soukoss Internationale at last year’s Light Up Leederville festival.
And at this year’s sold-out Camp Doogs festival down south, punters were knee deep in the mud but still dancing up a storm: “It was insane,” band member Quentin Thony says.
Soukoss means “shake it” in Congolese, and the band’s booty-shaking Afro-Latin rhythms are a blend of music from that African nation overlaid with an international flavour. The eight band members hail from Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion Island (east of Madagascar), Seychelles, Canada and the UK.
Soukoss wouldn’t be Soukoss without its sexy dancers, Thony says, and they hail from Sierra Leone and Kenya.
“None of us are from the same place. [But] we all have a connection to Africa.”
The group only got together a year ago and the reaction from punters has been amazing, the Mt Lawley local says.
“We were just doing it for fun in the beginning, now we are doing it more seriously.”
Currently the band plays covers of well known African musicians to get an authentic sound, says Thony, but original songs are in the pipeline.
“It will be interesting to see what each member brings to it.”
Soukoss Internationale is part of a mega-music New Year’s Eve Fiesta at the Rosemount Hotel.
The inside main stage will be headlined by psychedelic rock band Pond, which does a bit of member-sharing with Arai-winners Tame Impala.
The Perth group has been lapping the country as part of Gizzfest.
It will be supported by Psychedelic Porn Crumpets which is gaining a reputation for its rock shows, with more than a dash of Jimmy Hendrix.
WAM winners Pow Negro will also be on main stage, along with Ben Witt, Doctopus and Hamjam.
On the backyard stage all-girl DJ triumvirate of Caitlin Neinaber, Holly Doll and Shannon Fox will keep thing bopping.
While in the Rosemount’s Four5Nine you’ll find the likes of The Chlorines, FOAM, Cloning the Mammoth, Demon Days and Spacey Jane.
For tix for the Saturday, December 31 fiesta go to http://www.rosemounthotel.oztix.com.au, $40 main stage, $20 the backyard stage.
by JENNY D’ANGER