Grown in the boroughs of Brisbane, time has most definitely seasoned this crop into an out-and-out sensory feast. As a motley orchestra of 8 they possess the pulse of afrobeat with a score built on soul, funk and ragga-fied melodies. Made by music lovers for music lovers.
Often referred to as ‘The Strings’, the coconut flavoured harmonies sung by Ofa Fanaika, Nikki McWalters & Nia Falekakala are merely the beginnings of their renowned cook up. Sharp and tasty witty ditties are also served by guitarist and singer, Alex Skinner. However there is no doubt that the sheer number of the group is their defining flavour. Everything played by this delicious octet is bass-laced by bassist- McKelliget, brass-tastically bolder due to Josh Appleby’s sax and relentlessly booming with the Bam Bam Boys signature hits.
They’re a meal you should not skip. If you’ve been blessed – you’ve seen, heard and felt their offerings before. Always the festival sweethearts, The Strings have dished their cocoa chords on the line ups of Woodford Folk Festival, Karratha’s Red Earth Arts Festival, Peats Ridge, The Dreaming, Island Vibe, Kuranda Roots, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Newtown Festival and Luminate, New Zealand, and many more.
It’s clear they’re never too far from a celebration and since hunger never dies, the party goes on…December 2013 will see not one but two new tunes fresh out of the Strings’ oven. With an album not far from being served as well. Chocolate Strings look prepped to cater to the masses.
So to all of you who hunger for more out of good things. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing- rethink your upcoming plans. Add Chocolate Strings into your diet and it’ll be the first time your body, mind and soul will thank you.
Although they work in a variety of sounds here we get two cuts of smooth and echoing dub-reggae from the Brisbane veterans. Sweetly melodic without being too pop, or sliding into nu-roots. Some of the best to come out of Brisbane.
Chocolate Strings owned the title for main support act, and boy did Ofa and the band bring the skanky funk home to roost, the dance floor resembling a heaving, sweaty beast…
…adding her deep croon to Nia Felekakala’s power vocals and Nikkie McWalters’ raspy sweetness to Jill Scott’s A Long Walk, and this perfect vocal blend carries the cover which they switch up to ragga. With thanks, the ladies walk off stage letting the boys jam out to end their set with a bang.
These guys literally blew the socks off of the Island Vibe crowd; mixing soul, funk and reggae into one amazingly memorable performance. There wasn’t a still body in the crowd; all were taken over by the Chocolate Strings fever!”