Friday, August 15, 2008

Wicked Aura Batucada Album Launch @ Zouk - 15th August 2008

Hey guys! I am back! So happy tonite! Just got an invitation from Licia Sucipto (Manager of Wicked Aura Batucada) to come for Wicked Aura Batucada Album Launch @ Zouk! am going there to support them with another three music friends! So if u guys see me hanging around at Zouk, just say hi and "Musicartlifesg Support Singapore Music"! Being hostile is not my nature and I promise not to bite u unless u are a bad ass dude who has all that defense shield up! But then again, I love bad ass dudes like the Wicked Aura Batucada who is going to rock and shake the house down with their sizzling unqiue Asian Batucada sounds! Their album launch information gig event is shown right below:

Album Launch Event: Wicked Aura Batucada Album Launch @ Zouk
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: 9:00pm - 1100pm
Location: Zouk
City/Town: Singapore, Singapore

Below is the immediate information release of the music event itself and a brief bio about the band:

© 2008 Wicked Aura Batucada

SINGAPORE – Lion City’s best-loved homegrown percussion troupe is launching their debut album, titled LOUDER THAN LIGHT on Friday, 15 August 2008. The launch bash, which will be held at Zouk (Singapore) from 9 pm to 11 pm, promises an exhilarating and high-energy performance which will hit the audience on all the right notes.

LOUDER THAN LIGHT is Wicked Aura Batucada’s first full-length recording, after two previous EP releases: OK GO (released independently in Australia during the band’s tour in 2006) and A FEVER RUNS THROUGH (released independently in Singapore earlier this year). The album features an array of tracks, both instrumentals and with vocals, consisting of songs and compositions inspired by the band’s wide travels across international shores.

Apart from individual band members’ musical experiences and their collative ideas, previous collaborations and performances with renowned international musicians such as Trilok Gurtu, Chico Cesar and Johnny Kalsi of UK dhol-percussion outfit The Dhol Foundation influences the overall sounds of this album.

The title of the debut album is derived from the band’s thoughts about the quality of both visual and aural elements in their musical performance. Sound and sight are similarly thought provoking while they exist on two separate planes, replicating an endless joust and the story of struggle behind the band’s journey. As such, LOUDER THAN LIGHT reflects the band’s wishes and aspiration to encourage others in overcoming various challenges and let their dreams take flight; where the band works towards being louder than light, they hope that others will be inspired to greater than their respective adversaries.

The event will be hosted by local radio DJ, Ms Vanessa Fernandez, formerly of Parking Lot Pimp fame. Ms Fernandez also guest-stars in one of the band’s songs, “Brothers Gonna Work It Out”, a catchy funk-batucada number. This is just one of the original non-instrumental songs in the album featuring the band’s singing prowess.

Other songs, such as a remake of the band’s earlier hit “The Pedestrian (2008)”, includes vocal rapping and a venture into the world of effects and electronics. “Samba Singapura II” is a uniquely Singaporean samba anthem, combining samba traditions with strong local flavors. Among the tracks featured in the album was crowd’s favorite “Fight”, which earns the band’s its place in the BBC The Next Big Thing 2007 Top 20 Longlist as the only Asian band to be declared the music of the future.

Wicked Aura Batucada looks forward to a trip to Melbourne, Australia in November 2008 this year, following the local album launch and a series of local performances.

Wicked Aura Batucada is a band of 12 consisting of Aidan Bamrah, Hanafi BAR, Hardy Aryano Kamsani, Idham Budiman Bin Mohammed Basir (Budi), Irwan Iskandar Bin Juma’at (Wan Afro), Jaffar Sariban (Sarong), Mohamad Rizal, Muliady A. Hamid (Eddy), Riduan Zalani (Uan Abang), Salleh Ahmad, Shamsudin Bin Abd. Hamid and Sharanpal Singh Gill.

These masters of innovative rhythms have conquered international shores; Australia, UK, Spain, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Thailand, have all thrilled to the vibrant rhythms of Wicked Aura Batucada. They’ve stayed on their feet and called for more. This is Singapore’s premiere percussion band who excites audiences worldwide with their wicked and infectious drumbeats.

The team works crowds into partied frenzy. The Wicked Aura Batucada percussion armory contains a variety of traditional, borrowed, improvised and contemporary instruments. Drums in all shapes and sizes from diverse cultures: the African djembes, Brazilian surdos, and the Indian dhol not forgetting the local ethnic flavor backed by the traditional Asian drums such as kompang, rebana, and many others.

For more information and press opportunities, please contact the band manager, Licia Sucipto through email at

Immediate information release contribution
Credits given to: Licia Sucipto & Wicked Aura Batucada


Check out their sounds @ HERE!
Other related information: Click HERE!

Btw there is also another concert coming up next Monday evening too. Will fill u guys with the details. Just keep coming back lol... .

AJ Dancing & Singing "Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night!" (The Rhythm of the Night)

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