World music on the Katoomba stage

Highlife is an eight-piece award winning world music act based on the Sunshine Coast and they're coming to the Mountains to raise the temperature and warm the winter spirits.

They play a concoction of African rhythms, psychedelic funk and improvisational fusion, described as 'afro/psych'. After captivating the crowds at a number of festivals, the band has gained a reputation as a powerful force in the live music scene.

Highlife is a musically innovative band that aims to push the boundaries and create music with heart and soul, the roots of which run deep in tribal culture and connection. The band is built around Hayden Hack, a talented singer/songwriter who was raised in South Africa and the UK by professional musician parents.

Highlife: The eight-piece award winning world music act fuses afro with psychedelic.

Highlife: The eight-piece award winning world music act fuses afro with psychedelic.

Completing the Highlife rhythm section is Nathaniel Combs (percussion), jazz drummer Max Sportelli, Brad Wenham on six-string bass and Paddy Kiernan on electric guitar.

Highlife tours regularly with virtuoso West African musician Bassidi Koné, a master of the djembe and the traditional Malian instrument, the balafon. Touring together in 2018, the band invited Bassidi to collaborate on some of their tracks.

The show is on Friday, July 26, doors open at 8pm, Bassidi Koné start at 8.30pm. Highlife, kick off at 9.30pm and perform two long sets. Entry to Baroque Room is via the Carrington Hotel Driveway and it's an 18+ only venue. Discounted tickets are available by pre-booking at musichunter.com.au or at the door on the night, if not sold out.