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Fronted by the inimitable vocal duo of Australian-Zimbabwean soul singer Thando and Melbourne rapper Sinks (winner of 2017 Hilltop Hoods/APRA Initiative), 9-piece Dub/Reggae outfit Echo Drama are a unique combination of ingredients that transcend their genre labels. A sound that is at once steeped in the traditions of Dub and Reggae but unafraid to draw on a myriad of influences from unexpected musical counterparts
“The dynamism of Melbourne nine-piece, Echo Drama is a thing of wonder. A downright dreamy combination of traditional reggae and contemporary hip-hop and RnB will have you hooked within mere moments of your first listening. ” - AU Review
In 7 years of existence the band has developed a refined live show performing regularly across local stages, residencies, festival appearances and international supports with highlights such as Easy Star All Stars (USA), The Skatalites (Jamaica), Maxi Priest (UK), St Kilda Festival - Main Stage, NYE On The Hill, Strawberry Fields, Rainbow Serpent, The Hills Are Alive, Psyfari, Island Vibe Festival, Blenheim Fest and Folk Rhythm & Life.
“Echo Drama play a seamless melding of hip hop and reggae that conveys a pure, grooving happiness…it is impossible not to dance and sway to the infectious music” –Tone Deaf
Since the release of their acclaimed debut EP "Bury The Weapons" in 2014, the band have been working tirelessly on recording and producing their debut full length album. 2018 saw the release of the first singles from the record "Insanity" and "Friends and Foes", and now in February 2019 the whole mammoth album “Before It All Ends” is finally here.
“While respectfully doffing their various bits of headgear to those who came before them, Dub/Reggae juggernaut Echo Drama have prioritised good music over pigeon holes in a band where the musical influences are almost as diverse as its audience appeal” - Beat Magazine
Amidst the release of the record, Echo Drama continue to build on their reputation for incendiary live shows at venues and events across Australia.