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Rehearsing with Bob Marley tribute band ROARING LION

Rehearsal with Roaring Lion – a Bob Marley Tribute Band

This is a new journey for me… I can’t believe I’m getting to do this. It’s so cool. I went to rehearse with Gold Coast reggae band Roaring Lion. Well, I guess it was an audition really. Band leader Glen sent me a song list and I’ve been listening and playing and scribbling frantic notes like this:

Of course I was a bit nervous, but Glen put me at ease.

Whatever you come with on the day will be much appreciated. Bob said, Don’t worry about a thing coz every little thing is gonna be alright.


My first picture with them is black and white – I guess it’s kind of nostalgic for me, I mean it’s the first time I met them! Going forward there’ll be much more COLOUR – like their posters!

Covid has killed the festivals for now, but maybe things will be different later in the year. The core of the band has been together for a long time. My friend Bojan Sambolec (Schema Collective) is their new drummer. I’m now hearing his drum textures and accents. I’ll have to learn a new vocabulary to even describe it. Reggae is new for me. More playing, more learning. Bubble? Awesome. For sure I’ll be writing more about the band musos and their music.

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About Joanna

Joanna is British Australian. Her early career was in financial news in London. That ended in 2008. Joanna moved to Sabah, her parents’ birthplace, where she wrote a blog about musicians, which became a book. Joanna came to Australia in 2012 and started this blog — her second. These days, she writes mostly about music, her garden, and trips to Sabah. Oh, and Wookie the Havanese.

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