Mama Kaz Band
New Single Release ‘Mama’s Express’
with Bonus track ‘Can’t Afford Me’
Mama Kaz Band
Mama Kaz is the blues and soul sensation from East Belfast who, in her solo outings, has raised the live performance musical bar in Northern Ireland. Her recent solo CD and video , Lipstick & Cocaine, have received massive critical acclaim.
And now for the Band, the ‘Mama Kaz Band’ ! …creating the perfect powerhouse platform for this signature lady of the moment…
‘There’s a steam train coming, coming down your way…. make way for the Mama…..I’m gonna make some noise’
I had the great pleasure of spending a day with the enrgetic, enthusiastic and wonderful Mama and Johnny a few months ago and have been eagerly awaiting the new band release ever since, the wait has been worthwhile…
‘Mama’s Express’ opens with some wonderfully infectious funky bluesy Bass setting the scene for driving Drums and gripping Guitar to take us to ..the voice of Mama Kaz! You’re gonna be hooked, like a rabbit in headlights, you’re gonna want that train to come and take you. When it ends you’ll have to play it again and again, and again, and again, all glorious five minutes thirteen seconds. In fact the ‘5.13’ has the ring of an old train timetable.
‘Can’t Afford Me’ is what we once called the ‘B’ side. A strong foot tapping twelve bar with Mama’s captivating voice and tasteful definite assured playing from the band.
I’ll resist comparing the Mama Kaz Band to any of the greats, and I’ll resist comparing any of the greats to the Mama Kaz Band! The Mama Kaz Band has definitely arrived, do not miss it, do not be left behind.
On the train, alongside Mama, are Johnny ‘Skip’ Crawford on drums, a supreme
character of this parish who has played with Gary Moore, Eric Bell and the
Maritime Reunion Blues Band; the fabulously funky Ali McKenzie on bass, an
equally talented arranger with history in the Jim Armstrong Band and the Mighty
Mojos; and blues persona Peter Spratt on guitar-long associated with the much
missed Jim Gilchrist and Jim Daly, with whom he shared the stage on occasion
with such legends as Louisiana Red and Lowell Fulson. This classic line-up is
now earning a reputation for ‘the band that must be seen’, and heard,
presenting a truly compelling gig of much loved standards and freshly minted
Kaz now has the backing of some great music industry professionals and has a
fast growing fan base, not just in Northern Ireland, but also the USA & Canada. There is no stopping this band and in the words of Mama Kaz’s lyrics “There’s a steam train coming”. Don’t miss it, book your place at the station.
Van Morrison has seen and heard the train coming and included the Mama Kaz
Band as one of his guests at the September East Belfast Arts Festival. He better watch out, he might be buying his ticket from Mama next time!
The release is available online and physical CDs at gigs (for the moment).
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