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Currently finishing our first EP, several live gigs recorded

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The music of Afro-beat reggae orchestra USUTU (the power) is mainly original compositions, influenced by funk, jazz, reggae, salsa, kwaito and Mbalakh of Senegal. The members have performed and recorded with some of the world’s great artists including Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Miriam Makeba (South Africa), the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (New York), Baaba Maal, Pape Diouf and Pape Daly N’Daye (Senegal).

Usutu was formed in early 2005 and soon performing around Sydney at various venues. Such as Café Carnivalé, the Gaelic club, @ Newtown, the Factory Theartre and several others. Usutu has performed at several Festivals including the Marrickville Cultural Festival.

Many of the bands members have been friends for many years, growing up in inner city Sydney, playing and studying music together. Many have studied at the Con.

Usutu is a band made up of musicians from all over the globe. Senegal, South Africa, El Salvador, Chile, Japan, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, the U.S and Australia.

Everyone brings their cultural and musical ideas and experience to the music and the show. Varied influences are put together in a cohesive way and form a new and original sound. The musical and cultural message is of peace, joy, energy, acceptance and party.

Senegalese Hype man Malik Diop, King of the Talking Drum (Tama), comes from a family which has produced traditional musicians for generations. Growing up in St Luis, a coastal town on the border with Mauritania, Malik began his studies of the Tama and Sabar with his brothers. Not long after he discovered his passion he traveled to Dakar to persue his carreer as a musician. He soon became a well known musician on the Grand Dakar scene. He joined several groups including Youssou N’Dour’s group Le Super Etoile, Ismael Lo and Baaba Maal.
His distinguished international career has taken him to Morocco, Mauritania, Belgium, Paris and Italy as well as his native Senegal and his adopted home of Sydney, Australia.
Malik is a very wise man who sings of his love for his homeland, his family, the party and the Senegalese hero Cheikh Amadou Bamba, “Touba”.

Usutu’s lead vocalist and composer Nhlanhla Phewa first came to Australia with the stage musical Ipi Ntombi, having already established himself as a rising star of South African theatre and music. He performed in numerous productions at the legendary Market Theatre in Johannesburg and other theatres around the country. He has worked with Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Mbongeni Ngema, Billy Ocean and Simply Red. In Australia he has performed with Usutu, Jive Kayana and Afro Moses.

Daniel Felix Goodacre, musical director, is currently finishing a Bachelor of Jazz Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium and playing around town with Usutu, Club Havana, Dereb Desalegn, Merenia Gillies and Mamacita. He has played keyboards and trumpet with international and local African artists such as Vusi Masasela, Afro Moses, Asim Gorashi, Chris Gudu, Dereb Desalegn and Tichawe Mashawa. Goodacre also performed as a special guest with the great Spanish Harlem Orchestra when they toured Sydney. He has performed in Cuba at Havana’s most famous jazz club La Zorra y el Cuervo.

Junichi Siomi, direct from Tokyo has been living in Sydney for the last decade. Surviving as a freelance musician Junichi’s influences are largely from fusion and Brazilian music. As of late Junichi has been performing with Marcello Maio’s Samba Mundi and MC Buda’s Brazillian Sound System. Junichi is an extremely unique composer and musician.


Luis Franco left his civil war torn homeland of El Salvador and came to Australia in the late eighties. He has been active in the world music scene in Sydney since then. He is currently working in child care and planning on taking his children back to his homeland

Joel Rappaport A.k.a Rappaport A.k.a. J Rap, is a continually growing Guitarist/MC in the Sydney hip Hop scene. Just releasing his EP Joel performs with The Phonies and many other projects. He has been making beats, playing Guitar and Mcing for years and many more to come. As of late he’s been getting a lot of Triple J airplay.

From Chile, our drummer Carlos Adura. Studied at AIM, plays around Sydney town with various latin and rock groups for instance Deep Sea Arcade and the Andy Walton band.

Joseph Littlefield –sax Blake Moore –trombone, Emile Norrish – trumpet, Sam Zubrycki – trumpet. The SANDAGA horns. These boys grew up in Sydney’s inner west. Have been playing and writing music together for 15 years. They have been greatly influenced by Coltrane, Miles, Steve Coleman and Herman Hesse.