Melbounre Ska Orchestra

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The ARIA Award winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra is an orchestra with a difference. Comprising of up to 36 members this juggernaut contains some of Australia’s finest musicians and performers. The band can perform with as little as 18 members and as many as 36. Lead and directed by the energetic and charismatic Nicky Bomba (John Butler Trio, Bomba, Bustamento) this multi award winning act are a force to be reckoned with.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s live performance is explosive and infectious. Their unique take on the genre of Ska has wowed audiences all over the world. From Montreal to New York, Istanbul to London and with the approval of Reggae and Ska pioneers like Stranger Cole, Owen Gray, Carlos Malcolm, Ranking Roger and Neville Staples, to name a few, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is resonating with audiences worldwide – young and old.

In the studio Melbourne Ska Orchestra do not shy away from the challenge, having released three highly acclaimed albums since 2013. The most recent in early 2017 was ‘Saturn Returns’, while their second album ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ took out both the ARIA Award for Best World Album, and the Victorian Music Award for Best Global or Reggae Album, in 2016.

The band toured extensively in Australia and internationally, constantly receiving rave reviews for their live shows. The reviews speak for themselves…

“a genuine highlight of the entire festival” - Splendour In The Grass The Music

“virtuosic & high-octane” - Edinburgh Fringe Festival

"...the MSO shows just how much fun can be had with a cracking tune, great players and a keen sense of humour" Polly Coufos - The Australian Newspaper

"’s fun, it’s fast and by god it’s funky."

“The gig was amazing”. Scene Magazine

“…magnetic, hypnotic, and altogether unreasonably enticing” Glam Adelaide

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