2020 Season Launch

7 February 2020

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre

Join us in celebrating a brand new year full of amazing shows with our 2020 Season Launch!

This year we’ll be bringing you a night filled with local talents ready to set the stage on fire with theatre and live music by Bakoomba, curated specifically for our 2020 Season Launch.

The evening will also provide a preview of some of the amazing shows that make up our 2020 Season. A selection of canapés and sparkling wine will be served in the foyer from 7.15pm followed by an evening of entertainment in the auditorium from 8pm, so gather your friends and get ready for a night of fun and frivolity!

About Bakoomba

Brace yourselves for the mighty Bakoomba as they charge full force merging their blistering blend of Afrobeat - Reggae - Funk and Afro-Jazz, led by charismatic frontman, Mr Fode Mane from Senegal.

Chosen to perform at multiple leading Australian Festivals, Venues and Events such as Vivid Sydney (2016 and 2018), The Basement and supporting International Artists such as Maxi Priest (UK) and Katchafire (NZ). Bakoomba is a collective of nine talented musicians consisting of a hard-driving rhythm section, slick horns and sassy female vocals covered in a layer of tasty percussion.

Experience their unique and adventurous style - tight, dynamic arrangements and killer solos that build into a powerful wall of solid Fusion grooves.

Fode spent twenty years travelling the globe as an artist before calling Australia home - which includes being a principal performer in Senegal's leading dance and percussion troupe Bakalama. His passion and intensity for music and dance is projected throughout each performance. He named the band “Bakoomba” which is a sacred meeting place close to his heart in Senegal. A space where men and women gather to dance under the stars together and fall in love.

He is joined on stage by a group of established musicians who have been performing, recording and teaching for years. They have played at Major Australian Festivals and iconic venues such as Blues and Roots Festival Byron Bay, Peats Ridge Festival, The Great Escape, The Sydney Opera House, The State Theatre, The Basement Sydney and many more ... as well as sharing the stage with artists such as The Wailers, Michael Franti etc.

Bakoomba deliver one of the most high energy, interactive stage shows that has captivated crowds and had everyone up on their feet in a dancing frenzy wherever they go.


Fode Mane Lead Vocals/Djembe
Katja Baidoo Backing Vocals
Leah Elliott Backing Vocals
Laura Sands Trumpet
Gareth Lewis Tenor Saxophone
Pana Watson Guitar
Alex Yates Bass Guitar
Alex Quayle Drums
Issa Mane Congas/Percussion



Friday, 7 February from 7.15pm


Tickets $40

CPAC Members Free of charge

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