Episode 9 - The Shaolin Afronauts
6 on the St is a film project that takes an intimate look at 12 Adelaide artists in a series of six minute documentaries. Next guest in our line-up of local talent: The Shaolin Afronauts.
The mysterious afro-soul of The Shaolin Afronauts first echoed across the dance floors of Australia in late early 2008. Heavily inspired by the sounds of 1970's West Africa, Ethiopia and the pioneering avant-garde jazz artists of the same period the Shaolin Afronauts draw on the this highly innovative and sometimes volatile era in music, using it as inspiration to create music with the same fire and intensity. Their spirited performances have fast gained a reputation as some of the most exciting live shows around.
Originally conceived as a side project for members of The Transatlantics the Afronauts have quickly grown into one of the most exciting bands in the country, captivating listeners with their fully instrumental original Afrobeat sound. The key to the Shaolin Afronauts unique sound is the line-up, which comprises of a three-piece horn section, 5-piece rhythm section and three percussionists.
The Afronauts have recently signed to UK based label Freestyle records and with their debut album due to be released internationally on CD and LP in February 2011 you can expect to see and hear a lot more of this band in clubs across the world.
Check them out as the play WOMADelaide 2011!