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cvi   From Jamaica, via the UK, Raku (O’Gaia) is known for creating a happy, uplifting and positive energy wherever he plays –a six foot five fluent raconteur, he spreads feel-good vibes via his high energy performances. Beginning in the depths of London’s underground subways, Raku has honed his skills in the volatile world of workingmen’s pubs, clubs and bars across Europe, England and Australia. His dynamic groove-laden rhythms on guitar, mouth-harp, slide guitar and assorted percussion move from toe tapping country-funk to transcendental blues, road-ready rock ’n’ roll to heart-rending ballads – topped off with a sprinkling vibe-toting reggae. He drew capacity crowds at each of his five Woodford Folk Festival performances, has featured at multiple Bluesfests and has held the stage with Archie Roach, John Butler, Xavier Rudd and Pete Murray. Check Raku out at the Yamba Bowling Club this Friday night.