DJ Bobby Brazuka and Ge Luz to support Rodrigo Amarante's Auckland show

DJ Bobby Brazuka and Brazilian musician Ge Luz have been announced as support for Rodrigo Amarante’s show at Auckland's Tuning Fork on Saturday 16 September.

DJ Bobby Brazuka is the unofficial Brazilian ambassador of music and culture in New Zealand and a great representative of New Zealand music in his motherland of Brazil. This cultural exchange has been Bobby’s passion for the last 12 years. Either via his Sunday evening radio show on George FM, DJ-ing in clubs and bars around New Zealand and Australia or performing as part of his live project with comrades Isaac Aesili and Jennifer Zea aka Latinaotearoa, Bobby has become an iconic persona in the live music scene both here in Australasia and further afield in Latin America. With his distinguished palate for Samba, Soul, Funk, Reggae and Hip Hop amongst a host of other styles he is certain to make you move.

Auckland-based Brazilian musician Ge Luz sings and composes in a range of different styles, including Samba and Bossa Nova. A professional singer and songwriter, Luz moved to New Zealand in 2013 and released his first solo album, Momento, in 2015 and his second album Canto Pra Dois in July this year. He has also recorded music for the TV series Step Dave. Ge Luz’s music is influenced by Brazilian artists Djavan, João Gilberto and Tom Jobim to name a few.

Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante has become an international name through his band Little Joy (alongside The Strokes’ drummer Fab Moretti and Binki Shapiro) and by recording and playing with Devendra Banhart on his last three albums. Amarante is also an inescapable figure in Brazilian music and has influenced a whole generation in his homeland. He is one of the masterminds of the Rio de Janeiro band Los Hermanos and a founding member of samba supergroup Orquestra Imperial alongside Seu Jorge and Moreno Veloso (son of Caetano Veloso). He has recorded and performed with Brazilian icons such as Tom Zé, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso and was elected one of the 100 best musicians in Brazilian history by Rolling Stone Magazine.

After five years in the US he released his debut solo album, Cavalo, in 2014 which was praised by Rolling Stone and The Independent. Most recently he was nominated for an Emmy for his track “Tuyo” which he wrote as the dark-edged title theme for the Netflix series Narcos.

Amarante bridges Brazilian Samba, Tropicália, alt-rock and soaring folk. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a performance by this enchanting artist with support from two Auckland-based Brazilian treasures, DJ Bobby Brazuka and Ge Luz.

Rodrigo Amarante

Saturday September 16th: The Tuning Fork, Auckland - Tickets via Ticketmaster

Sunday September 17th: The Piano, Christchurch (Christchurch Arts Festival) - Tickets via Ticketek