The composition of the band is as diverse as life itself. This is discernible in both the varied characters and their heritage, choice of instrument and musical education. These differences may seem vast initially, but they fused as a band – being united by acceptance – into an entity with a unique atmosphere, sound and philosophy. Their songs come from the core of life and tells the story that exists in every human… Emotions.

 

Founded in 2016 by Alex Eind and Johnny de Wit

 

           

 

 

 

 

THE BAND

 

ALEX EIND

BASS DRUMS & SHAKER

 

Composer, arranger, lyricist, musician.

 

His life is inspiring, longing, colourful, passionate, harmonious, frank, uninhibited, respectful, sensitive, passionate, meditative, connecting, communicative, organic, enchanting, fraternizing, moody, vivid, perceptive…music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHNNY DE WIT

CONGAS & PERCUSSION

 

John has a fascination for rhythm for as long as he can remember – like how his breathing forms a pattern with his heartbeat and how this game between heart and lungs adjusts when emotion changes. If there’s heavy rain, he will look for the patterns in the splashing drops. When people walk, he hears different rhythmic cadences. These are attention-claiming events he willingly gives in to, whether it’s observing from a distance or in the middle of the movement: he is pulled by an unending fascination. Written stories or emerging from music, dance or movies, or the frozen expressions of sculptures and paintings; all of these feed the way he looks at the world, widens his awareness and stirs the need to create. Life is an accumulation of events, filled with rhythmic movements. They can be displayed by various disciplines, but to him, the process is always the same: they inspire to create and give him a feeling of freedom and emptiness in which the thoughts can be sculpted in peace. This is necessary for him to obtain insights and stimulate growth – to deepen connections and make new ones.

 

He does not want to be restricted to just one discipline; he plays and composes music – his main instruments are congas –, and his love for the piano resulted in cautiously exploring this instrument as well. John also writes stories, makes art and exposes them in several countries, designs and has a strong affinity with philosophy.

 

 

 

BARBARA GWANMESIA

SINGER

 

Barbara started singing as a child. Singing and making music soon became not only an art form, but also a means of social and spiritual expression – as well as a weapon for social change and hope. This approach to music is what attracted her to the idea behind BUBA: a gathering of musicians coming together not just to form a band, but to purposefully use their art to participate in the social discourse for a better, more discerning and more compassionate world. BUBA is a platform for both social and artistic expression to her.

 

Next to being a musician, Barbara is a writer, researcher and magazine editor.

 

 

 

 

 

BENG GWANMESIA

KEYBOARD

 

Beng’s musicality is something he’s had since childhood, but even then his interest in the business world was his main priority. While he attended business studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, his music side flourished in church. This is where he started drumming and playing the keyboard. After finishing his studies in 2011, he started a company in the music production. It didn’t take long before his talent was picked up by a well-known New York DJ, which soon sprouted into a partnership. As a musician, Beng usually reserves his talent for church. However, he is always interested in music projects with a good heart and a goal to make a positive impact. This is why, in 2016, he decided to join BUBA, hoping to help create something that will have a positive effect on the world.

 

 

 

CLAUDIO BENITO

FLAMENCO GUITAR

 

The sounds of the flamenco guitar captivated Benito at a young age. He started as an autodidact; he later expanded these skills during his studies with Paco Peña at the Rotterdam Conservatory. He often travels to Andalucía to develop his knowledge of the various facets of flamenco and to keep abreast of the latest developments. He gives solo performances, but also provides music accompaniment for song and dance. Though he loves the flamenco, he always kept an interest in other music styles. This resulted in collaborations with musicians from diverse backgrounds.

 

When he met BUBA it felt – as he puts it – like coming home; a feeling that goes deeper than just playing in a band and appeals to some kind of primal instinct.

 

 

 

 

 

GEROLD OLIEBERG

BASS & CONTRABASS

 

Gerold was about 13 years old when he started playing bass. It all began on the day his brother refused to allow him to join their football game. When Gerold went inside to tell his dad, he walked in on his father playing music with grandpa – he was instantly enchanted. His father played bass guitar and his grandfather the acoustic guitar. Young Gerold stayed inside all afternoon, listening to them play (even though it was summer vacation and the weather outside was beautiful). When he asked his grandpa if he would teach him to play the guitar, Gerold gave up after butchering the C-chord four times in a row. He thought “I better try the bass guitar; it only has 4 strings, so it should be easier.” The first thing he learned was Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix, followed by Tonight Is The Night by Betty Wright. And finally, something clicked. He could faultlessly play these two songs within 10 minutes and then his father taught him Walking On The Moon by The Police, which he also picked up rapidly. This is when he decided he wanted to become a bass player. Two weeks later he joined a reggae band and he just never stopped playing after that.

 

 

 

ZANE WAYNE MASSEY

SAXOPHONE

 

Zane believes that his first encounter with music occurred when he was still in his mother’s womb. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, there was always a lot of live music to be found in his home, and his father was a well-known presence in the jazz world. Friends like John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard and many others used to come over at his parents' house and play. Zane believes that those beautiful vibrations from sound and rhythms influenced him and shaped him to the musician he is today. Later on, he learned that music is everywhere; speech is sound, tones are rhythm – it’s everything in life. That is his inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RONALD BERKHOUT

ROADIE & SOUND ENGINEER & DRIVER

 

He's the everything guy. They'd be lost without him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIGS & NEWS

 

23 MARCH 2018 at

Jazz cafe Dizzy, ‘s-Gravendijkwal 127, 3021 EK Rotterdam

 

20 JANUARY 2018 at 19:00

Theater Zuidplein, Zuidplein 60–64, Rotterdam

 

29 DECEMBER 2017 at 21:00

Jazz cafe Dizzy, ‘s-Gravendijkwal 127, 3021 EK Rotterdam

 

20 OCTOBER 2017 at 21:00

GROUNDS, Pieter de Hoochweg 125, 3024 BG Rotterdam

 

29 SEPTEMBER 2017 at 21:00

Jazz cafe Dizzy, ‘s-Gravendijkwal 127, 3021 EK Rotterdam

 

 

 

CONTACT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© BU-BA 2018, photography by Kyrah de Wit, website by Susanne de Wit.

Contact info@bu-ba.eu

 

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