Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Roots


Sounds like

Glass Animals meets Chet Faker


band members

Themba Thompson, Charly Thompson


Influences

The Eurythmics


Unearthed artists we like

MOZA, L-FRESH The LION, JEFFE, AYLA


Website

www.aikonawena.com

Gig

Aikonawena

Strong impact coarse language and/or themes

7 Apr

Oxford Art Factory

Sydney, 2010

Darlinghurst, NSW

8:00pm

Bio

So Charly was at the Royal Hotel in Bondi for a karaoke night in April 2017, when a friend asked her to sing backing vocals on Teenage Dirtbag and Dave "DJ" Jackson, the legendary music man at the Royal, heard her and asked if she had enough songs for a set. She'd been busking at the Junction so she did the set that Sunday. And that turned into a residency on Sunday nights. And then one night, her brother Themba was there and he jumped on stage for a duet, and then DJ said "you have to do a set with the two of you", so they did and then that turned into a residency and so Aikonawena was born.

Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar, 20 JAN 2018

“The third and final support act were Sydney duo Aikonawena. To say they put on a fantastic show for a small set would be an understatement. Aikonawena’s groove-filled tunes reminded me slightly of band Hiatus Kaiyote, yet with their own twist. Their songs inspired by drunken and fun nights out managed to get the whole room dancing, a band definitely to watch out for over 2018.”

Esther Triffitt, AMNplify

"Eye-konna-where-nah"

Review

Satisfied (Get Me Home I�...

Aikonawena

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

12 Feb 2018

Triple J
35

Yes, there's a lot of ideas stitched together here. Thing is they're all pretty good ones.

Yes, there's a lot of ideas stitched together here. Thing is they're all pretty good ones.

Review

Satisfied (Get Me Home I�...

Aikonawena

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

23 Jan 2018

Triple J
30

This song took so many turns it was not what I expected but is was lovely all the same.

This song took so many turns it was not what I expected but is was lovely all the same.

Review

Satisfied (Get Me Home I�...

Aikonawena

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

22 Jan 2018

Triple J
35

If you click through this song in about 20-second spaces, you'll feel like you're listening to about 5 different songs (all in one). It packs a groove, a great amount of experimentation and a whole lot of exploration.

If you click through this song in about 20-second spaces, you'll feel like you're listening to about 5 different songs (all in one). It packs a groove, a great amount of experimentation and a whole lot of exploration.