World music is a genre people look to for something different.
Eclectic sounds from far away that carry with them a taste of culture, rhythm and escape. Tambura Rasa takes it a step further with fusions of world music like Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin and Spanish mixed in with elements of samba, reggae, funk and flamenco, among others.
“People are used to having bands come in that are [just] rock or funk,” said Ivan Tucakov, founder of the group.
“And then when we come around it’s something completely new and completely different.”
The five-piece band, based in Vancouver, has been together since 2004 and today they are selling out shows across Canada.
Tucakov grew up in both Turkey and Serbia and has lived and travelled in many other places around the world. He said he and the band members enjoy exploring the different music styles out there and often shape their songs as they go, making their music dynamic and organic. This was how their latest CD Adsum came together, Tucakov explained.
They took the music they had been shaping over the years and came together to record it.
“A lot of times people are a bit unsure of what’s on the plate. But once people see what we’re about they are like ‘Oh we want to come back.’”
Audiences in Errington can see for themselves this weekend, as the group makes a stop before heading off on a tour of the U.S.
Errington is a place the group has come to love over the years, Tucakov said.
“As far as we’re concerned whenever Errington comes into mind we just can’t wait to be there.”
The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 14 at the Errington Hall. Tickets are $20, under 12 is $10 and under 5 is free. Get tickets at Cranky Dog Music in Parksville, Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach or at the Errington Store.