This year has been amazing for my band Afrodescia – its now our 11th year at Alumbra and to celebrate we will be doing a huge gig on the big stage with special guests singing and playing with us all night! August 10th is the date to keep free, write it in your diaries – you dont want to miss this! The best of Melbourne’s music industry coming together for one very special night!
We also welcome to the Afrodescia/Alumbra family the very very talented Simon Fissenden on bass and vocals. One of the best musicians in Australia stepping in while Jason is on his X Factor journey. Simon joins Dave Matthews (drums), Aaron Mendoza (keys and vocals) and myself from this Sunday onwards. (27th August). If you have not seen him do his thing make sure you come down this week. A voice to die for and one of the funkiest bass players Ive ever had the pleasure of working with.
More Afrodescia news to come soon


What an amazing year this is going to be! 2014 has started with some incredible opportunities for me..the biggest so far was being asked to open for Chaka Khan at the Plenary last Sunday night. I jumped at the chance and organised some of Melbourne’s best musicians to be on stage with me that night (Dave Matthews, Jason Heerah, Brad J Green and Simon Fisenden). The venue was beautiful, the crowd so receptive! It was nerve wracking to open for a legend like Chaka, but the crowd helped me to relax and really enjoy the whole experience! I dont think any of us actually wanted to get off stage!
I have some more exciting projects coming up this year which I will post about as they happen!
Happy New Year everyone…hope 2014 is as productive for you as it is for me.

Passport to New York

Some very exciting things happening in 2014! To kick it off, Soul Sessions in conjunction with our favourite crew “citibeatz” present Passport to New York!! What a way to see 2014 in, New Years Eve is bigger and better than ever..this year we travel to one of my favourite destinations NYC.
DJs, dancers, acoustic sessions and of course Afrodescia live. Can’t wait for this’s going to be huge! Hope to see you all there..

Frank McComb gig


September 13th and 14th – two very exciting gigs for us! We will be supporting one of the best singers in the world here in Melbourne! Frank Mccomb will be doing two gigs at Aria bar in the docklands. His first and only Australian gigs and we are fortunate enough to be supporting him.
So excited about this, definitely one of the highlights of our career!…make sure you get your tickets through moshtix and come down, you dont want to miss him!!!

Afrodescia 10 year anniversary party announced

image10 Years ago, I walked into Alumbra and met with Simon Digby and basically talked him into giving me a gig there. It began as a release for me, an incredible venue run by a very smart man and one night a week where I could sing whatever I wanted. A place where I could do some Eryka Badu, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys – all the music I loved.
It began as a quiet affair and developed into somewhat of an institution! Melbourne’s best singers and musicians would jam with us weekly and international acts (James Brown’s band, Alicia Keys band) came down and joined us on stage! We even had George Benson come down one Sunday to check out the gig!.10 years later Sunday Soul Sessions is still going and is stronger than ever, 5 years ago Bobby Love joined us and with an amazing crew and with Bobby’s vision in the mix it has evolved into Melbourne’s busiest and longest running Sunday night

We are celebrating at Alumbra on the 4th of August, with regulars past and current and the cream of the crop of Melbourne’s music scene joining us on stage for one huge night! Including greats like the original member of Afrodescia Mark Amato, Rima T, Carmen Hendricks, Cisco Tavares, Jerson Trinidad, the incredible Geoff Wells on guitar, Ricci and Gino Nanya and many more surprises!!
It will be a once in a lifetime gig to be at..make sure you keep the date free..we will be on the big stage from 9pm! I cant wait – I cant begin to tell you how special this is for me…Hope to see you all there!!

Afrodescia 10 years at Alumbra

I had a great meeting with the Soul Sessions Team this week! Cant wait to share what we are doing this year! Not only do we have some amazing artists and huge nights planned, we also have something big in the works to celebrate Afrodescia- 10 years of playing at Soul Sessions! Its going to be massive and I am really excited! Stay tuned …I will be able to give you all the news very very soon!!


Im looking forward to getting back to Collarts on February 6th. We have some talented new students joining the course this year. Can’t wait to meet them all and get back to teaching and Master Classes. Should be a great year!

Alumbra Sunday Soul Sessions

After a huge 2012 at Alumbra, we are looking at an even bigger 2013! This will be my 10th year of Soul Sessions and we have some exciting changes in place. This year Afrodescia will feature some of Melbourne’s best musicians..including Aaron Mendoza (keys/bass/vocals), Rima T (vocals) and Mark Amato (keys/bass) alongside Dave Matthews, Jason Heerah and myself!
Bobby Love and his crew as always on the decks, and of course we will keep bringing out international acts as we did last year. Exciting times ahead!
Stay tuned for all Soul Sessions news.

Website launched!

Im so excited my official site is finally live! Check back here to find out what Im doing and where I’m playing. I will be updating my gigs and telling you all my music news regularly.

Backing vocals for Hugh Jackman

I had the pleasure of doing backing vocals (for the second time) for Hugh Jackman at Crown for the Red Ball. Singing alongside Michelle Serret-Cursio and Nilusha Dassenaike, with a fantastic 20 piece orchestra. One of the most amazing gigs I’ve done. Hugh is an absolute gentleman and of course incredibly talented and charismatic. This gig was one of the biggest highlights of my career..