Culture Embassy is a Wellington-based, 10-piece international multicultural outfit, hence the name “Culture Embassy”.
The band’s musical style is an infusion Afro jazz, roots reggae and world folk. Culture Embassy started in Wellington just over four years ago as a collaborative music project between Ras Judah and friends. Ras Judah hails from Botswana in Southern Africa. He has been playing music professionally for the past twenty-two years, has recorded three solo albums as well as work on several collaborative projects, including work with various musicians in Africa, Europe and here in Aotearoa.
The band membership comprises of some of Wellington’s seasoned musicians as well as international musicians originating from; South America, Africa and elsewhere. Ras Judah and Culture Embassy released their first collaborative album “Pan Afrikan” in November of 2015 and have since become a regular feature in the Wellington music scene.
The current band line up is; Benjamin Baidoo (drums), Henry Smithers (bass), Luke (2nd rhythm guitar/vocals), Garam (Tenor Sax), James (Trumpet), Rafael (congas/vocals), Damian Dominguetz (percussions), Anantha Nayaranan (Alto Sax), Julian Taylor (Lead Guitar) and Ras Judah (1st rhythm guitar/lead vocals)Back to main page