OKA to drum up jungle beats on the mountain and at the pub
SUNSHINE Coast group OKA are gearing up for some local shows and a special mini festival, bringing their unique blend of folk dance music to their loyal fans.
OKA's Stu "DidgeriStu" Fergie said they were so appreciative for all their successes so far, having played shows and festivals all over the world and shared the stage with acts like Arrested Development, Xavier Rudd, Delhi to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots and A Tribe Called RED, to name a few.
"It's pretty amazing when you sit down to have coffee with friends and you're talking about your adventures and where you've been," he said.
"We're very blessed to have experienced what we have and travelled where we have."
This Sunday OKA play Hotel Brunswick before they hold their second ever Camp Out at Mt Warning on October 25 and 26.
"The Camp Out is pretty much an idea that we've had for a long time - to have our own festival, without it being a whole different bunch of bands," Stu said.
It would be great to be able to play a heap of tunes for their family and friend, enjoy some yoga sessions and have a dance over the two-day mini festival.
Then there was the plus side of being in a beautiful position, by the backdrop of Mt Warning and lush rainforest surroundings.
"Caravan parks seem to be in the most amazing places," he said.
It's set up as a family event, where everyone is welcome to come and set up a tent and enjoy the festivities, he said.
"It's definitely a concept idea we've had for many years, and the Mt Warning Rainforest Park got really behind it last time," Stu said.
So did the people - the event sold out in the first week last time.
"To have that sort of reaction first time around was incredible," Stu said.
OKA draw upon their indigenous connection to place and country through music.
"It's our self-expression of who we are - it's where we travel, the community we meet, and, for me, the culture I come from," Stu said.
"Music is a great self-expression. The more I learn about my culture, the more, for me, it's an important part to hold on to. It's what makes me me."