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Surrounded by African culture, he stayed for more than a year, experiencing a unique insight into a different life and music. In addition to already being able to write great songs, when confronted with vibrant Soukous or Gumboot dancing in African clubs he realized a new uncharted direction for his writing.
His ambition now is to weave the energy and instrumentation of African music into many of his songs, creating a new global sound-introducing the audience to the awesome power and possibilities of African music-while still sounding familiar to Western audiences. Since then, he has spent his time not only immersed in African music but also studying music theory, jazz performance and pop/rock song writing.
Today, as the principal songwriter
and full-time touring performer with his band, Mike Weterings Band (MWB) his
music has created a true synthesis of all the styles that he has loved
throughout his life; pop, African, folk, jazz, rock and classical. The band puts
on a high-energy show of unstoppable grooves and plenty of opportunities to just
jam out. The songs from Aluminum Sea always keep the night in motion. “Dance”
and “Here’s Looking at You” are the crowd favourites and get them on their feet.
The band won the $5,000 first prize
“Battle at the Barn” in 2003, competing with 10 other great local Vancouver
bands. They have also had several live TV and radio appearances. Their live Shaw
Cable TV performance in January of 2003 was recently selected to be part of a
"Best Of" rebroadcast series selected from their entire 2002-3 season.
They have recently begun recording songs for their follow-up album, which should be available in the summer of 2004.