Sydney-based Afropop band Jinja Safari have just returned from touring the UK, and will soon hit the road again for a triple headline tour with Opposum and White Arrows.
The ‘Blind Date’ tour will take Jinja Safari to every Australian capital city bar Darwin throughout most of August.
“We think it’s a good idea not to tour with bands that are probably too similar in sound,” bass player Joe Citizen says, “so it’s nice that these two bands are from different parts of the world.
“It’s exciting and adds more value to the night. It’s three different bands with three different sounds that I think will gel together as a show."
Jinja Safari are about to release their debut album but Joe says he can’t give much away.
“We’re right in the thick of it. It will be finished but I can’t say much about where it’s at or where it will be. There are a lot of different things in the album, a lot of influences and a lot of styles that we’re into as a band.
"The range of sounds that we like listening to and that we like playing is scarcely represented by the amount of songs that have been released so far. The more that we keep working on these things, the more we get out of them and the more these new sounds start to come out.
“I think it still does have that Jinja Safari vibe,” Joe continues, “but there are a few curveballs. Some songs will hopefully make people sit back and maybe feel like they are listening to a different band. We would hope to surpise people a bit.”
They’ve been working on the album with New York producer Chris Zane. “The work that he has done has been really really incredible,” says Joe.
“The difference has been massive. It’s kind of funny, in relation to our own production — there is a very vast gap between the amount of stuff we can produce on our own and the level that someone like Chris Zane can take it up to. It’s kind of exciting to send it off to a real pro and get the file sent back. It just really takes it to the next level in a way that we can’t.”
Jinja Safari play The Hi-Fi on Saturday August 18.