POW! Negro describe themselves as a kind of happy accident of a band formed initially from high
school friendships, expanding from jams and chance meetings.
The six-piece merge elements of jazz, hip-hop and psych with an aggressive vocal style that falls
somewhere between the energetic bounces of Zach de la Rocha and the funk-come-street verses of
Having built some solid supporting slots in their relatively short lifespan, including Remi, Sampa The
Great, and Blackalicious, along with festival slots at Groovin the Moo and Southbound, a POW!
Negro live show is infectious, joyous and something well worth submitting yourself to.
Their debut EP, Jasmine & Licorice, was released in mid 2017 to praise from industry and fans alike.
POW! were one of the highlights at BIGSOUND 2017 and rounded out the year with Gizzfest,
Woodford Folk Festival and a dream support for Midnight Oil’s Perth show. 2018 is looking to be
another huge year for the band with multiple festival appearances and new music on the way.
POW! Negro are: Nelson Mondlane: MC, vocals // Rhys Hussey: drums, vocals // Toby Batchelor: bass // Chris Young: guitar // Lachlan Dymond: guitar // Kaprou Lea: saxophone
WAM Awards 2016: Winner, Best Live Act
WAM Awards 2016: Winner, Best New Act
Big Splash 2016: Winner
PRAISE FOR POW! Negro
(sounds like) “Dancing your way through a record store, cherry-picking albums from different genres and putting them
all in your basket” – Rolling Stone
“It takes a band like POW! Negro to kick off a festival opening slot and turn it into one of the hottest sets of the day “
– The Music
“This is a band that NEEDS to be massive” – Isolated Nation