Sola Rosa are set to release their new album, Low and Behold, High and Beyond before embarking on their first tour of Australia since 2010. Written over New Zealand’s past two summers, founder-producer Andrew Spraggon has drawn together a host of familiar names and new faces, and produced an album that’s more beat-driven, but as always, tinged with his trademark soul and funk.
Watch and listen as it comes to life on stage alongside previous hits from his distinguished career. Spikey Tee, Ben White, and Matt Short have joined Spraggon to form the musical core of the group and are joined on stage by Cherie Mathieson and L.A. Mitchell this September. Sola Rosa will also tour the album throughout Europe and the US later this year, where they have recently returned from after a successful jaunt, collecting accolades from such media sweethearts like NPR’s ‘The World’ program.
For fans, the new album has been a long time coming, for the uninitiated, it could well prove revelation. With six albums under his belt, a raft of awards and well over a decade of producing genre-splitting music, Andrew Spraggon’s work as Sola Rosa has cemented him as one of the world’s most exciting and versatile producers. From a humble, self-released one man project, Sola Rosa has grown to a live collective of international repute. Successfully melding hip hop, reggae, jazz, latin, soul and funk, the group have never sat comfortably in one box, but with Spraggon’s guidance, that restlessness has been channelled into six succinct albums.
Despite a rapturous reception for all of those, it was Spraggon’s last, Get It Together, which really catapulted the Rosa sound into the consciousness of the wider world. Surrounding himself with an uber-talented cast of musicians, including the likes of Serocee, Bajka, and Julien Dyne, Spraggon produced an album that proved his most successful yet. In New Zealand, the album reached the number one spot on iTunes and the Independent NZ Music Album Chart (where it stayed for four months). It reached number 15 on the NZ Album Chart, and eventually went on to achieve Gold status. Join Sola Rosa as they play from coast to coast (including a stop at Big Sound 2012) and don’t miss them as they debut their all new live material as well as playing all of the catalogue favourites.
Australian Tour Dates:
Thursday 13th September – The Standard – Sydney NSW
Tickets: http://www.moshtix.com.au & http://www.eventfinder.com.au
Friday 14th September – Northcote Social Club – Northcote VIC
Wednesday 26th September – Indi Bar, Scarborough WA
Friday 28th September – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough WA
Tickets: at the door
Saturday 29th September – Amplifier – Perth WA
Sunday 30th September – Wave Rock Weekender – Wave Rock Beach WA
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