Friday, October 22, 2021

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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Lockdown Led To Debut Album About Love

Presenting dreamy, atmospheric tones in his nu-folk music, the multi-instrumentalist Upile Mkoka (aka Weathered) is a natural performer, penning songs well past his years.

The talented artist released his debut album last week, thanks to a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant.

Upile Mkoka has been writing, releasing, producing and performing music under the moniker of ‘Weathered’ for over 10 years now. His personal approach to writing brought to life through folk sounds has created something totally unique.

The Rockhampton-born, Tanzanian-Australian has shared stages with the likes of Icehouse, Busby Marou, ILLY, RUFUS Du Sol, Ash Grunwald, Brad Butcher and more.

His unique sounds have been capturing the hearts of listeners for a number of years now garnering airplay on a number of stations across the country, not to mention an influx of streams through Spotify playlists and the likes. His live show is even more captivating - bringing the songs to life in their own way and taking the audience on a journey from applause and sing-along's to intimate moments left speechless and teary-eyed.

After moving to Mackay in January 2020, the singer-songwriter spent lockdown writing more songs and applied for a RADF grant to fund his full-length album, ‘Until This Love is All That Remains’. He co-produced the album at his home studio in Bucasia, and spent two weeks with Aria-nominated producer Mark Myers at his studio near Atherton Tablelands.

The album features other QLD musicians including Zeek Power, Tristan Barton, Mark Myers, Josiah Birrell (GOVS) and Upile’s wife Rebecca as well as Colorado singer-songwriter Grace Stailey.

Mackay’s RADF Committee member Peter McKenzie said “It’s great that RADF could fund this project and help Upile release his music.

“I think it’s an important boost both for the music scene of Mackay and for regional Queensland.”

Upile is a big believer in the regional arts scene.

“I’ve lived in regional Queensland all my life and have seen so much hidden talent and potential.

“I’m really excited to release this here and am so thankful to RADF for all of their support,” says Upile.

Weathered’s music is available to listen on all streaming platforms. It's clear to see that Upile is certainly pioneering a sound for the region and beyond.

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