SINGLE REVIEW: Smiling Face of Australia by RAS BANAMUNGU & The Det-n-ators International

Idi Banamungu, the West Australian based vocalist, songwriter, percussionist and long- experienced music therapist, has just released Smiling Face of Australia, the follow-up to his hugely successful single My Sunshine. The new track is once again a blend of roots music, blues and Afrobeat that is sure to get tonnes of attention from radio across the board. Smiling Face of Australia, as the title suggests, is brimming with heart and soul, spirited ingenuity, and unapologetic positivity. As Idi (also known as Ras) has said about the stirring new track: ‘This song is like my short review telling the whole world how beautiful Australia is, how good the Australian people are and how well they manage to share their happiness to all people from all nations and all cultures. Australia is a multi-cultural country, but people live in peace. In this I express my emotions, how I love Australian people.’ Smiling Face of Australia is a riveting and superbly dynamic consolidation of styles, with a hypnotic and seductive vocal underpinned by yearning at its centre: the core of which is a balance between the traditional and the contemporary, one that will get your feet going as well as your heart. Ras Banamungu and The Det-n-ators International, are an exciting live act that incorporates dancers and backing vocalists. Having also won the prestigious Akademia award and Poze productions award for best album and EP with I am Messenjah and Let’s Make our Business Forgiveness, the celebrated Rastafarian was also awarded for his heart-stopping live performance at the Coast to Coast awards in Melbourne 2019. Idi’s idiosyncratic writing skills at the fore once again, creating a wonderfully personal accompaniment to the alluring and exceptional music. When asked about his sound the enigmatic musician says: ‘I think it’s wide open for a brand-new sound and that’s where I come in. My African and reggae influences blend well with western rock and pop influences, they work perfectly. I baptized my style Shakalaka Doo’. And there you have it, Shakalaka Doo as heard in Smiling Face of Australia.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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