Musical fusion


Their first Queenstown gig was at a strip club, and several years later, Latinaotearoa don’t think their next show will be any tamer.

The Auckland-based South American duo is coming back to the resort to launch its third album, Influencis et Collabis, at Yonder on Saturday.

The band, comprising Brazilian-born DJ Bobby Brazuka and Venezuelan-born singer Jennifer Zea, started in 2012.

Fast-forward six years and a couple of albums, and they’ve joined forces with Kiwi musos such as Laughton Kora and Nathan Haines on the collaborative new album.

Brazuka says they picked old South American songs and gave them a new lease of life through remixing and sampling.

“It’s been a great process, we loved working with everyone.”

Influencis et Collabis covers a broad range of genres, from traditional South American styles like samba and bossa nova to modern soul and hip-hop.

It consists of contemporary re-workings of classic material: Leave It featuring the Portuguese narrative from Rio de Janeiro rapper Black Alien, the hugely successful bossa nova meets West Coast hip-hop track Jazzy Samba, featuring Team Dynamite, and an upbeat version of Raphael Saadiq’s neo-soul cult classic Skyy, Can You Feel Me, featuring Laughton Kora.

“What I love about this project is the fusion of flavours of South America and the South Pacific,” Brakuza says.

on the radio while growing up in South America inspired us to embark upon our musical journey.

Latin-inspired collaborations with some of New Zealand’s finest musicians, we hope to one day help influence the next generation.”

The album is officially released tomorrow, ahead of Saturday’s release show.

Brazuka says the band’s played in Queenstown a few times before, including a launch show for their first album which was held in a strip club.

He reckons the Queenstown crowds are always “buoyant and happy”, and he loves that there’s a large Brazilian community which is loyal” to the band.

“It fits well with our music, because we’re so energetic.”

Those heading along to Saturday’s gig can expect a musical journey that starts out mellow and ramps up to a Latin party, he says.

“You can expect a lot of bouncing.”

To catch Latinaotearoa, head along to Yonder, Saturday, 8pm, R18