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a loving tribute to the genius of Afrobeat

The ferocious power of  Anikulapo Fela Kuti comes alive in this stellar band

Big Fela have been pumping out the hits of Fela Kuti, plus our own choice Afrobeat cuts, since 2004.

This incendiary band is led by Phil Bywater's fiery vocals and saxophone and includes past and present members of Bomba, Labjacd, The Royal Swazi Spa, Hop Jump Big Band, Gypsy Brown, Tribe of Jubal and Des Peres. We have been fortunate to collaborate with many of Australia's finest African musicians,including King Marong (St Kilda Global Garden Festival), Kojo Awusu, Joe Malatji and Lamine Sonko, and to perform at festivals from Brisbane to St Kilda, Federation Square to Fitzroy.

Big Fela are now on youtube!

one of Melbourne's most exciting rising stars of world music the awesome Big Fela band
Port Phillip Online, March 2005
Fela Kuti comes alive in this stellar band featuring
some of Melbourne's most exciting world music players
in the sweaty and powerful Big Fela band
Big FELA led by Phil Bywater and comprising
Australia's finest horn section,
this group plays the most authentic afro beat sound
you will hear in this country

The sounds of THE MAN Fela Kuti
are up loud and close in this outfit's set
have the passion for the sound

systa bb, pbsfm
serious groove...

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Big Fela brings together some of Australia's finest musicians
in one power-packed ensemble:

Phil Bywater vocals, tenor saxophone
Adam Simmons baritone saxophone

Paul Coyle trumpet
Kynan Robinson trombone
Elliott Folvig, Simon Edwards guitars
Zvi Belling bass
Ronny Ferella drums
Tania Bosak, Karen Berger percussion

Our recent gigs include:

Victorian Arts Centre/Multicultural Arts Victoria
December 2011

Brisbane International Arts Festival
September 2009

St Kilda Festival
February 07

Federation Square Outdoor Stage
May 06

Mornington Festival Oct 04

Globe to Globe Music Festival Jan 05

Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival
May 05

Bar 303
Sept 09, May 2010

Feb 06, Feb 05

Bar Open May, July 04, April 05

The Night Cat Aug/Sept 04

Big Fela entertains the crowd at
St Kilda Festival's World Music stage, February 07

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