Inspired by diverse cultures and music from all over the globe, Brisbane world band MZAZA, who have been together 12 years, are ready to spread their wings and take their music to foreign shores.
With members hailing from France, Bosnia, Greece, Latvia and of course Australia, MZAZA are stoked to be returning to their roots, embarking on their debut European tour this July.
During their three-week tour, they’ll be squeezing in recording time in France, performing on a boat in Prague, and appearing at festivals in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Lead singer Pauline Maudy says heading to Europe, like many Australian acts before them, is the next logical step in the band’s career.
“There are much bigger audiences in Europe for the kind of music we play. We have already been collaborating with artists and industry people over there, so we’re looking forward to building on those collaborations, growing our following and going to some of the places that inspire our music,” she said.
Having already saved $21,000 through old-fashioned gigging, the band have launched a Pozible campaign to raise the remaining $9,000 needed for the tour. There’s a tonne of goodies available, including merchandise packs, wine and dinner deals, secret gigs and one-on-one lessons, with all money going towards getting the band to their European destination.
Before they head overseas though, MZAZA are playing a string of shows in Queensland to celebrate their upcoming venture and support their latest single Enfants du Chemin (Children Of The Road). The song itself is about the identity rebuild and search for belonging migrants often experience.
“When I moved from France to Australia, part of me felt like I didn’t belong anywhere anymore. I wasn’t really like my French friends back home because I had been away for too long, and I wasn’t like the Australian kids around me either. That’s what Children Of The Road is all about.”
Bidding Australia goodbye with three final shows, MZAZA will play their favourite songs from their three releases (Ghosts, Journey Over Skin and Parliament of the Birds) with a few surprises in the mix.
MZAZA ‘CHILDREN OF THE ROAD’ UPCOMING SHOWS:
Friday, 6 May @ Brisbane Muticultural Arts Centre, QLD
Saturday, 14 May @ Studio 188, Ipswich QLD
Saturday, 5 June @ Yeppoon Town Hall, QLD
Featured image by Broderick Photography