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BEMAC Presents World Music Cafe: MZAZA & Vardos

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WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.
Published July 8th 2017
Be blown away by Australia's best musical talents
This August, BEMAC's popular World Music Cafe will feature two internationally celebrated Australian acts back to back! Enjoy an unforgettable evening of live music with Brisbane's two-time Queensland Music Award winners, MZAZA, and Melbourne's electrifying gypsy folk trio, Vardos! Tickets are now on sale!

With their impressive musicianship, electric live performances and phenomenal flair for reinventing musical traditions, MZAZA and Vardos have firmly established themselves as leaders in Australia's World Music scene.

On Friday, 4th August, Brisbane audiences will have the rare privilege of being serenaded by both bands on one night, under the Story Bridge at BEMAC's World Music Café!


With a fascination for making something new from the old, MZAZA's writers and musicians flamboyantly craft their own set of traditions from a tapestry of richly woven influences born in France, the Balkans, the Middle East and Sephardic Spain.

Jaw-dropping technique, unique compositions and captivating shows have earned MZAZA supports for the likes of Yasmin Levy (Israel) and DJ Click (France).

This award-winning group of cultural refugees from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia has enraptured audiences at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Cygnet, National and Woodford Folk Festivals, and visited airwaves internationally.

Driven by her French and Spanish Sephardic roots, frontwoman Pauline Maudy sings in French, Spanish, Ladino, English and Turkish. She is an enchanting stage leader who delivers powerful and inspired performances to mesmerising musicianship deftly realised with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and flamenco guitar.

This is a band of friends, who have found each other at the end of the world to make music that blurs geographical, temporal and musical boundaries.

It is this boundlessness of the music, coupled with their direct and celebratory connection with audiences around the globe that fuels an intense live show, and unforgettable musical journey.


Driven by Alana Hunt's wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. They have been serenading audiences around the world since late last century.

Of Vardos, music reviewer Ian Dearden has said "to say these women are exceptional musicians is to cast the Pope as a part-time Catholic."

Vardos have toured to every state in Australia, and delivered electrifying live performances at festivals that include the National, Port Fairy, Illawarra, Cobargo and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, the Queenscliff Music Festival, Alice Desert Festival, Dark MoFo Festival in Hobart and the Melbourne Festival where they launched the CD 'Entertaining Countess Dracula' to a sell-out crowd at the Famous Spiegeltent.

The fire-blooded trio has toured internationally to New Zealand, Noumea in New Caledonia, and Geneva in Switzerland and around Hungary, have showcased in the United States, and had successful shows at the Famous Spiegeltent in the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival Spiegeltent. Vardos were nominated for the 2003 BBC Radio3 World.

The two most recent Vardos CD's have been finalists for the Golden Fiddle Awards.

Be blown away by Australia's best musical talents at BEMAC's World Music Café!

Held at Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC), 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, on Friday, 4th August from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Tickets are $25 Full Price and $20 Concession. Book now through EventBrite. Early bookings are advised as places are limited.

For more information on this exciting live music event in Brisbane, please visit


  • Multiple free off-street parking available at QMC.

  • Catch the City Hopper from the city for free to Holman Street in Kangaroo Point and take a short stroll to QMC, under the Story Bridge.

  • Bar and food will be available.
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    When: Friday, 4th August from 7pm – 9.30pm.
    Where: Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
    Cost: $20 - $25
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