Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)

Thursday 2nd February, 8:30pm. Free entry

Rhodesia is an electronic and folk inspired duo comprised of Matthew Bell and Emma Duncan. Both hailing from the red dirt of Zimbabwe, they are now based in Far North Queensland, recording their music in a secluded rainforest treehouse.

Rhodesia's sound is soulful and uplifting; folk vocals and philosophical lyrics fused with sparing synth and stripped back beats in a sound described as Bonobo meets Bon Iver, or Seekae meets early Sia. There's a hint of tribal at times too, a clear nod to the Africa of their childhoods.

Emma is a classic folk songstress and grew up listening to all sorts, from Neil Diamond to Beethoven to some cheeky Jack Johnson. She has been composing songs for over a decade, and is currently writing for EMI and

providing vocals for Universal Studios. Matthew grew up listening to R&B, Pop, and later Jazz. Some of his favourite artists were Sting, Michael Jackson, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Matthew cut his teeth playing live both solo, and in bands in the Perth music scene.

He has supported acts including The Basics, Claudio, Husky, The Black Sorrows, Bag Raiders, Yo La Tengo and, once, Bon Jovi.

With these combined talents, Rhodesia is releasing "The Treehouse Series" in homage to their home and recording studio. Rhodesia will be releasing one song a month for five months beginning on April 22nd 2016 with their debut track "September" which instantly garnered rave reviews from Dave Ruby Howe, Music Director at triple j Unearthed.

Rhodesia has already done support shows for The Starry Field, ALBY and Matt McHugh(The Beautiful Girls) and later this year Rhodesia plans to hit the road touring the east coast of Australia to showcase their hybrid electro-folk.