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B2KDA (Ba-Too-Ka-Da) is the new name for the decade spanning, world, afro, fusion mash up that was Batucada Sound Machine. The band has changed again with an injection of youth and exuberance getting the old boys to look up and notice. If anything, they've added even more styles to the repertoire with heavy rock, electro and dub entering the domain of the boys from Tamaki Makaurau. Even so, they remain rooted to the initial concept; roots music from around the world.

They've been around the globe 3 times since their last album and all that touring has informed their newest work, Rising.

If you've seen them live you'll know what kind of party they bring. They can now add in the sound from the clubs of Berlin, Seoul, London, Singapore and Amsterdam that have been a massive part of their musical journey.

Band Members:
Paaka Davis (MC, vocals)
Joel Shadbolt (guitar, vocals)
Felipe Simonetto (guitar, vocals)
Alex Urlich (bass)
Adam Tobeck (drums)
James Hughes (percussion)
Dean Rodrigues (percussion)
Guy Harrison (keyboards, trumpet)
Thabani Gapara (saxophone)


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Batucada Sound Machine in Europe
Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:49 am
New Zealand’s Batucada Sound Machine (B2KDA) has an unquestionable reputation for outstanding live performances and they aretaking their percussion-heavy rhythm section, chunky guitars and soulful vocals to Europe for the fourth time in as many years.

The nine piece band have captivated audiences at countless well respected events around the world and at home including The Big Day Out, Rhythm and Vines, Womad (NZ, UK), Exit Festival (Serbia), Ollin Kan Festival (Portugal) and many more.

Supporting their first album release in Europe through GMO / Rough Trade, B2KDA Sound Machine will perform tracks from their self-titled album (European release only) at Sziget Festival, Sfinks Festival, Pole Pole Festival plus many many more.

B2KDA (Batucada Sound Machine) European Tour Dates 2013

5th July 2013 - Muffathalle Venue, Munich, Germany
6th July 2013 - Festival Kultursommer Oldenburg,Germany
9th July 2013 - Colos-Saal (Club), Aschaffenburg, Germany
10th July 2013 - Würzburg Hoffest, Würzburg, Germany
11th July 2013 - Alte Feuerwache (Club), Mannheim
12th July 2013 - Coburg Samba Festival, Coburg, Germany
13th July 2013 - Mühldorf Sommer Festival, Mühldorf, Germany
14th July 2013 - Pforzheim Open Air, Pforzheim, Germany
18th July 2013 - Festung Ehrenbreitstein, Koblenz, Germany
19th July 2013 - Wasserwerk (Club), Lörrach, Germany
20th July 2013 - Jazzhaus (Club), Freiburg, Germany
24th July 2013 - Pole Pole Festival, Gent, Belgium
25th July 2013 - Bar Du Matin (club), Brussels, Belgium
26th July 2013 - Sfinks Festival, Belgium
27th July 2013 - Eier mit Speck Festival, Viersen, Germany
28th July 2013 - Bilijburg (Club), Amsterdam, Netherlands
1st August 2013 - Swiss National Day, Zug, Switzerland
2nd August 2013 - Festival Nuits du Sud, Vence, France
3rd August 2013 - Tollhaus Festival, Karlsruhe, Germany
7th August 2013 - Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary
9th August 2013 - Hiesige und Dosige Festival - Wieselburg, Austria
10th August 2013 - Weinturm Open Air, Bad Windsheim, Germany
14th August 2013 - Maschsee Festival, Hanover, Germany
15th August 2013 - Potsdam (Club), Germany
16th August 2013 - Treibsand (Club), Lubeck, Germany
17th August 2013 - Zommer Carnaval, kortrijk, Belgium

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BSM Mixing Debut Album
Posted: Tue Sep 4, 2007 6:19 pm
Auckland-based BSM (Batucada Sound Machine) are currently applying the finishing touches to the band’s highly anticipated debut studio album at the famous Avatar Studios in New York. The album Rhythm and Rhyme is due for release in early October 2007.

For this album, band leader James Hughes enlisted renowned UK producer Neil Sparkes (Temple of Sound, Transglobal Underground). Wanting to ensure the album had a truly international flavour, Sparkes and Hughes have spent the past two weeks mixing the album in one of the United States’ premier recording and mixing facilities, the famous Avatar Studios, a legendary postproduction house which has facilitated a world-class array of artists’ albums from Herbie Hancock, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi to John Mayer and Norah Jones.

Hughes met Sparkes by chance while the band was on a six-week tour of the UK last year, and with a mutual passion for music they quickly developed a strong relationship culminating in Rhythm & Rhyme. With the help of Sparkes’ management in New York, the recording arrangements were put in place.

"BSM have a very unique and raw fusion of Latin, Brazilian, hip hop and their own 'Pacific soul'. I believe they have the potential to have a huge impact in the US, which is why I wanted to mix the album here, to get that New York sound and also introduce the band to key players in the industry. I've seen them live and they put on an amazing show. They are very, very experienced musicians and the music is world class”, says Sparkes.

Assisting the pair to bring their project to fruition is veteran engineer Lawrence Manchester, who was chosen for his vast experience and solid reputation working with hip hop, funk and Latin recordings. Manchester’s credits include collaborations with Diana Krall, Steven Tyler, Art Garfunkel, Joe Cocker, Horace Silver, Dianne Reeves, and the hip hop legend Chuck D.
“I have been amazed at the quality of playing and the arrangements of the songs.

Very strong vocal, horn and percussion sections. It has been a fun project to work on”, says Manchester.

When discussing the direction the album should take, Sparkes told Manchester to “capture a real New York sound on the album, making reference to the soul and funk heritage of the great New York bands”. And if early feedback is any indication of success, he’s delivered.

Taking full advantage of being in the Big Apple, Hughes has had meetings with a number of labels and agents and is in serious discussions negotiating a US album release.

Rhythm and Rhyme is due for release in New Zealand in early October.

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