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Why You Shouldn’t Miss UK Bassman Gaudi at Sulafest 2014

We give you six reasons

Rolling Stone India Jan 31, 2014
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GAUDI performing at SulaFest 2013

Gaudi at Sulafest 2013

With the exquisite vineyard, wine tasting, wine consuming, grape stomping and what now appears to be a fashion show [!] in the festival schedule, UK bass man Gaudi is one of acts who can be counted on to bring the music back into focus. He was one such artist at the previous edition of Sulafest who managed to wake the crowd up with his mix of reggae, dub, breakbeat, ragamuffin and world music. Accompanied by beatboxer/vocalist Danny Ladwa again this year, he gives us a few reasons to catch his set at Sulafest 2014.

> Through his massive second set on the main stage at Sulafest last year, Gaudi blew an electronic bull horn right into the mic and looped it through the set which certainly awoke the inebriated audience members.

>He performs with a truck load of equipment which included a theremin, which was perfectly put to use with his high-octane stage presence. 

Here’s one of him appropriating the use of the theremin at the Starbelly Jam Music Festival in 2012:

> He played two sets last year, one of which showcased his “Dub Qawwali” album featuring vocals by the legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This is something that could have easily made it to our “Seven Indian Bands That Should Exist” list.

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>He is given to stage histrionics including standing up on the tables placed on stage and controlling the theremin with his foot, all the while operating effect boxes that are tucked in his armpits! 

>His last release In Between Times [reggae/electronica] features collaborations with Michael Rose [Black Uhuru], Lee Scratch Perry, Raja Ram, Deadly Hunta and with names like these, you don’t want to miss this set.

>The man knows his reggae and has his tour roster to back him up. He has toured with some of the biggest reggae acts like The Wailers, Maxi Priest, Shinehead and Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley, Third World, Sister Carol, I Threes, Sweetie Irie, Yellowman, Half Pint, Freddie McGregor and Mutabaruka.

Catch Gaudi at Sulafest 2014 on 1st-2nd February at Sula Vineyards, Nashik. Tickets are priced between Rs 1600- Rs 2700 on Day One and Rs 1600 on Day Two. Tickets available here and more event details here.

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