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The local scene has its fill of local bands

A few local bands are getting ready to shake things up and make the final run-up to Christmas something with a little extra kick.

Starting off tomorrow, the four piece band The Zilla Project will give us that bluesy-rock feeling when they perform at Savino Live in Larnaca at 10pm.

The boys, Big Mo Emmanuel Vourakis on vocals and electric guitars, Nikolas Honeyman Melis on the keys, Loizos Pafitis on bass and Stefanos PP Meletiou on the drums, have just come back from a tour of Geneva, where they performed four concerts.

Under the auspices of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, The Zilla Project travelled as a six-piece band with two backing vocalists – Keti Tanou and Nicole Ardanitou – proudly showcasing to Swiss audiences for the first-time original songs from their debut album This One’s for The President as well as electrified blues and rock ‘n’ roll covers.

The performances took the band across four varied music circles of Geneva, from the alternative underground cultural centre L’Usine (Urgence Disk) to British-frequented The Clubhouse Pub, before culminating at the prestigious Palais des Nations in front of 800 enthusiastic United Nations staff members for their end-of-year staff party. The tour finally ended with a lively performance at upmarket Moulin Rouge Club.

Vourakis, the band’s frontman, said that their tour in Geneva was “a wonderful experience for the band which also put us in touch with well-connected people in this musically-active country. It was an honour to represent Cyprus on this tour and we thank everyone for their tremendous support.”

This is the band’s last performance for a while, so this is your last chance – for now – to see them live on stage.

Also on tomorrow in Nicosia will be the band Papigion. The six-member band, that regularly plays at DownTown Live on Thursdays, will be in full Christmas mode for their last performance before the big day.

Papigion was formed in Nicosia in 2012 after the band members returned from their studies and adventures abroad. With a love of music and a drive for energetic performances, the band promises to entertain their audience every time in a different way. As a matter of fact, their name is a symbol of adding something different to the norm.

On Friday Nicosia will be jumping to the sounds of Monsieur Doumani, the local band nominated for Best Group at the Songlines Music Awards 2016.

The band, formed in 2011 in Nicosia by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments), have been making waves in the music world with their re-arrangement of Cypriot traditional songs by adding their own particular colour to their sound and feeling. But that is not all they do, they also compose their own songs in the Cypriot dialect, which are inspired by contemporary Cypriot society.

The band has released two albums so far, Grippy Grappa and Sikoses.

Their live appearances at festivals and venues across Europe have been very well-received by diverse audiences and their music has been presented on radio stations around the globe, such as BBC, NPR, Radio France, Sveriges Radio and PBS Melbourne.

The event will be opened by some Cretan music by Vangelis Gettos and Christina Polycarpou, and there will also be a comedy segment with Marios Stylianou and an after-party with DJ Kraaaouu and Koulla P Katsikoronou.

The Zilla Project
Live performance by the band. December 22. Savino Live, Larnaca. 10pm. €7. Tel: 24-620861

Live performance by the band. December 22. DownTown Live, Nicosia. 10.30pm. €5. Tel: 99-810011

Monsieur Doumani – Xmas Fiesta 2016
Live performance by the local band. December 23. Antonakis Music Hall, 17 Vasileiou Voulgaroktonou Street, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 22-664697

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