Friday, February 1st marks the first date of MAPSTONE's 30 show Australian national tour.
Beginning in Byron Bay and concluding in Margaret River, WA.
The dynamic 5 piece powerhouse includes singer/songwriter Christopher Mapstone on Vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, harmonica and ukelele. Prhlad Cave on Bass. Cisco Bizkit on percussion. Richard Frankl on Hammond organ and Jamie Power on kit.
MAPSTONE have been honing their live performance by touring Canada, Europe and Australia. Their message is of strength, hope, unity and connection through the heart.
Their Tribal Heart Roots music inspires, uplifts and calls us home.
The energy is potent and the dancefloor is always moving.
Come and check out what the boys have been up to and get involved and inspired.
The Night will also include two other performance by local musicians Yoyo Tuki and Ladi Abundance.
The Byron Shire is blessed with so much talent and these two acts are straight from the hearts, super talented and on point.
This is a free show outside under the big Old Fig tree. Ancient, powerful and holding the space for us.
Tribal Heart Roots Music troubadours, Mapstone have been travelling the world for the last 3 years and sharing the stage with the likes of Nahko and MFTP, Dustin Thomas, OKA, The Beautiful Girls, and Dubarray.
They have graced the stage at Australian Festivals such Island Vibe and Island Elements; Falls Festival; and Woodford Folk Festival; as well as international festivals; Diversity; Bhakti Summer Yoga; and Cranfest on Salt Spring Island, BC.
The Dynamic 5 piece, roots band blends roots, folk, reggae and world elements, Mapstone expand beyond the confines of regular classifications with their unique style.
Carrying a strong message and playing a captivating and engaging set of uplifting songs, Mapstone is a great band for any venue.
They are returning from their successful “Protectors Of The Sacred’ tour of Europe and Canada which saw them headline Diversity festival and Cranfest in Canada and Bhakti summer yoga Fest in Germany.
"Yoyo Tuki, the voice of the island Rapa Nui". "The voice, with music and lyrics from the most isolated island of the world". Rapa Nui (Easter Island). ‘La Contradejaen’, Spain. Like his ancestors who carved megalithic stone giants, Yoyo is an artist with a powerful ability to fuse tradition with innovation. With over 15 years performing throughout high profile music festivals and events in Polynesia, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, USA and Europe - Yoyo is today Rapa Nui's most important international artist and one of the finest singer songwriters and musicians this tiny spectacle in the middle of the Pacific has ever produced. "His songs reclaim Rapa Nui culture, communion with nature and the respect for the ancestors of the place. An artist that is different, committed with the idea of promoting the culture of his ancestral people."
Ladi Abundance is a Northern Rivers based vocalist, producer and live looper, whose music encompasses feminine empowerment, spiritual evolution and emotional tapestry. Originally a band leader of the nine piece Brisbane project "Ladi Abundance Project", Ladi now shares a perspective into her inner world with honest and conscious lyrics laid over down beat urban groove. Self described as a “fiend for vocal harmonies”, all of Miss Abundance's creations are melodic, harmony rich and dramatic. With the passionate attitude of Ladi Abundance, you will be left with food for thought about society, share in the stories of the heart and spectate in the journey of personal growth and transformation.
Since her debut at Earth Frequency Festival in 2011, Ladi has become a festival highlight at festivals along the East Coast of Australia including Woodford Folk Festival, Earth Frequency, Island Vibe (Stradbroke Island) and Wallaby Creek (FNQLD). She has supported touring artists such as Ngaiire and Deya Dova and moved crowds from Cairns to Melbourne with her heart felt performances. After the successful release of the debut EP "Slice You Up" in 2013, Ladi Abundance found a second home in Ubud Bali, gaining fresh perspective and inspiration from the land and culture which inspired her first official music video "More Time With My Soul" the single from her 2015 LP "Softening to Saturn". A conscious and honest artist has Ladi being invited into heart focused events such as Mellbourne's "Sisters for Sisters" (2014) and "Seven Sisters Festival" (2017) and Byron Spirit Festival (2017).
A move to the Northern Rivers in 2016 proved a dramatic time of transition leading Ladi into what is now an earthy electronic sound and solo performances. The single "Out The Door" was a taster of the soon to be released self produced electronic album which lends itself to hints of FKA Twiggs and Bonobo. The intricate tracks are often piano based, always featuring Ladi's signature vocal layers and harmonies, and span the contexts of fragility, empowerment, social questioning, death, love and lust.