Bianca Du Bont
Brothers and Sisters, we are here for the groove!
It was the first day of March 2016 when we birthed ourselves into existence (like an enormous social collective big bang) and launched our own musical vision from the beautiful shores of Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
The Waiheke International Soul Orchestra was born.
We were knitted together by chance over two years, via the rich musical landscape that exists on our beautiful island. Social circles were colliding, musical partnerships combusting and re-ordering into new, more fierce entities. Musical cell division leading to new evolution was how the Soul Orchestra came into being. Multi-national with members from Argentina, Colombia, United Kingdom, Samoa, NZ Maori, Australia, Scotland.
We had to do it... out of necessity. There were too many good times to be had! Why waste the opportunity when we could be a nine-piece musical machine, from all corners of the globe forged together in one perfect rhythm machine.
We finished and softly released People Get Ready as a taster. And what a taster it was. And then we booked a few shows that were packed from the get-go. Since then we have supported kiwi acts such as Yoko Zuna, Sorceress, Latin Aotearoa, P-Diggs and Sunshine Sound System. We've headlined Okere Falls Winter Festival, The Cavell Leitch Jazz and Blues Festival as part of The Blue Smoke series and started work on our debut album WISO-1081 with veteran NZ engineer Nick Abbott (Robert Plant, Rihanna, Golden Horse, The Datsuns).
Saturday 28th May 2016 - Malone's, Waiheke Island (with support from Deep House Brothers)
Sunday 5th June 2016 - Okere Falls Festival (Headline)
Saturday 15th October 2016 - Artworks Theatre, Waiheke Island (support from Deep House Brothers)
Thursday 10th November 2016 - The Waiheke Social Club, Artworks, Waiheke Island (Lee Catlin Electronic Set)
Friday 2nd December 2016 - Caroline, Wellington
Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Station Village, Lower Hutt
Friday 27th January 2017 - Headland Sculpture On The Gulf, Pavillion, Waiheke Island #hSOTG
Saturday 4th March 2017 - The Waiheke Summer Sounds Festival (Headline)
Saturday 13th May 2017 - Malone's, Waiheke Island
Saturday 27th May 2017 - Christchurch Jazz and Blues Festival, Bluesmoke, 3 Garlands Road, Christchurch
Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Okere Falls Strong Beer Festival, Okere Falls Store, Rotorua