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New Zealand’s seven-piece reggae, soul and funk group Fat Freddy’s Drop will be performing in London this October. We caught up with them at WOMAD for an exclusive interview.


OK0A0863Fat Freddy’s Drop are coming to London.

Much-loved performers on this year’s World of Music, Arts and Dance (Womad) bill included Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor, Mali’s The Ambassadors, Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and New Zealand’s seven-piece reggae, soul and funk group Fat Freddy’s Drop.

WOMAD is an internationally established festival that invites artists from all around the globe to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance over an action-packed four days at Charlton Park, just outside Bristol.

“Pure enthusiasm for music from around the world led us to the idea of Womad in 1980 and thus to the first WOMAD festival in 1982. The festivals have always been wonderful and unique occasions and have succeeded in introducing an international audience to many talented artists,”  said English singer-songwriter and co-founder of WOMAD, Peter Gabriel.

On Saturday 26 July we had a chance to catch up with trumpeter Tony Chang and trombonist Hopepa of Fat Freddy’s Drop. Here’s what they had to say:

In a few words how would you describe your music?

Tony Chang: Our music is best described as soul with elements of reggae, and techno. What to expect? Expect the unexpected.

OK0A0825Where can our London readers catch you next?

Tony Chang: On 18 October we are putting on an audacious show of our own at the Alexandra Palace in Wood Green. We will be playing some stuff off our new album which will be released next year. Come along!

What are you currently listening too?

Hopepa: Funny you should ask! I am listening to heaps of South African music at the moment. I enjoy sixties and seventies jazz like Abdullah Ibrahim, and Dudu Pukwana to name a few. Die Antwoord! I love it, I think they’re great!

OK0A0811If you could play at any venue in the world, where would it be?

Tony Chang: The Hollywood Bowl would be amazing.

Hopepa: Every gig is as important as the last but Carnegie Hall in New York City would be really cool.

Words by David Dos Santos; Photos by Kevin Waters