Tuesday, October 22, 19:30
After years of grinding as a sideman in the Finnish music scene, Bobby Oroza has
stepped up to make his voice heard. Always with an air of crude romanticism, Bobby
pushes towards an expression transcending the borders of soul and rock balladry. His dark
and intimate debut single ”This Love” didn’t take long to reach the ears and hearts of a
worldwide soul music community and is already a proper classic amongst the lowrider and
soul collector scenes.
Bobby was born in Helsinki, Finland into a family of musicians and artists. During frequent
family parties Bobby ́s Bolivian grandfather would pick up a guitar and sing Latin
canciones and Cuban classics. Bobby ́s mother is a singer and his father a gypsy-style
jazz guitarist. All his siblings work in show business and music. As a kid, Bobby was lucky
to grow up surrounded by his parents’ record collection which included early jazz and
blues, Motown hits, gospel ensembles, and doo-wop groups like The Drifters and The
Clovers. The Soul records were balanced out by Brazilian ones, African ones, his mother’s
collection of North and South American folk songs, and Nuyorican Salsa albums. All of
these influences show up in Bobby’s music.
Bobby started working professionally as a musician in his early teens. His main
instruments are guitar and percussion. Before finishing high school Bobby decided he
needed to experience the rhythmic source that had inspired him the most, and travelled to
Santiago, Cuba. There he studied percussion and singing intensively for months. Since his
return he’s been producing, recording and performing music to make a living for his family.
Working behind Bobby on his new album is the recent Timmion Records
house band Cold Diamond & Mink. Led by Jukka Sarapää and Sami
Kantelinen of The Soul Investigators fame (as well as founders of Timmion
Records), the group also features as a key element, the talents of guitarist/
composer Seppo Salmi, who has previously worked with afrobeat legends
Orlando Julius and Tony Allen and also played with Nicole Willis & The Soul
Investigators from 2015.
Their debut album will be out this spring on the Brooklyn based Big Crown Records.
The Lexington is an 18+ venue - please bring ID!