Originally playing in and around Brisbane at venues such as The Zoo, Afro Dizzi Act came into existence in 1997 following a number of low-key jams. For the next few years, the quintet began building a reputation as one of Brisbane’s most consistently impressive and vigorous live acts. Word spread quickly and it didn’t take long for the band to make their way onto the Australian touring circuit. Landing a secession of slots on festivals such as the annual Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival (alongside Ben Harper, Michael Franti and Jack Johnson), The Woodford Folk Festival ’99 to ’07 (Consistently filling the 3000 Capacity Big Top Stage), the Pinnacles Jazz festival, the Townsville Jazz festival and a headlining set at Brisbane’s illustrious Valley Fiesta, Afro Dizzi Act found themselves on the receiving end of countless support slot and tour offers, but this was only the beginning.
Following a live set at the Townsville Jazz festival in 2000, Afro Dizzi Act were invited to attend the prestigious Kathmandu Jazz Festival (known as Jazzmandu), Nepal. Within moments of taking the stage, the band had won over the foreign audience – their flowing grooves, detailed arrangements and natural funk sensibilities captivating those who had turned out to see the group. This performance was to begin Afro Dizzi Act’s international touring. Directly following their set at Jazzmandu, they received two other unexpected post-gig invitations. One to attend a jazz festival, this time in Dubai and the other to tour 4 states in North East India (as the FIRST FOREIGN BAND TO TOUR NORTH EAST INDIA) which also involved performing at the India Independence Day Festival in Shillong, Megalaya, India. The Dubai Fusion Festival , JazzMajalis placed Afro Dizzi Act on the same bill as Trilok Gurtu and again the band’s musical flare won them instant acclaim. To cap off the already electric set, Afro were joined by a range of musicians including Trilok Gurtu towards the end of their set. This unplanned improvisation lasting several hours and landing them a healthy write up in a number of papers and magazines in Dubai. It’s shows like these that have made Afro Dizzi Act the talk of legend in Dubai, and arguably other countries such as Australia.
Touring has not been the only focus for Afro Dizzi Act though; in fact the band’s recording commitments continue to be equally demanding. Spending a great deal of time working in the studio to recreate the same energetic prowess they display onstage.
Afro Dizzi Act