The Gambirra Mob will headline the world stage at Splendour

CONNECTED: The Gambirra Mob will take its upbeat sounds to Byron Bay to headline Splendour's world stage. Picture: supplied
CONNECTED: The Gambirra Mob will take its upbeat sounds to Byron Bay to headline Splendour's world stage. Picture: supplied

The Gambirra Mob is all about “connection to country and self.”

The multi-cultural act, which includes members from Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, has been evolving for seven years. 

The driving force behind the band is Gambirra, a Yolngu songstress originally from north-east Arnhem Land. 

She describes the 11-piece outfits sound as psychedelic roots crossed with world fusion. 

“But we get pretty funky and dubby,” Gambirra said. 

The lyrics can be quite “philosophical” and focus on subjects about deepening ones roots, not judging others, and that were are all “one blood” and that we should “celebrate that we come from the one planet. 

“Country is everything,” Gambirra said. “We all come from country wherever you are.

The line-up includes drums, bass, percussion, keys, saxophone, four-part harmonies and guitar. 

However, Gambirra’s sound engineer partner, Izi Illum, is intergral to the band.

“We don’t have a rehearsal without him,” she said. “All the songs are custom built around the sound effects.

“This is where the dub element comes in. You get delay effects and echo effects, certain sounds that can be warped and oscillated.”

Gambirra’s first instrument was the keyboard, which she began to play at about 8. By the time she was a teenager she was writing her own material. She didn’t pick up guitar until she was in her late 20s. 

Gambirra’s musical career has taken in drumming in a rock band, writing music for stage and dance, and she has collaborated with many other artists, including Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra, and was a guest vocalist for Declan Kelly's Diesel n Dub. 

The Gambirra Mob will headline the world stage at Byron Bay’s Splendour In The Grass on July 20. 

Their five track EP One Blood is available for free on Soundcloud. 

They will soon head back into the studio to record a full length album which they expect to release in early 2019. 

Follow them on Facebook: facebook.com/pg/Gambirra-Music