Review: Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro

by Jane

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro is a six-piece funk outfit from Japan, playing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s Late Night in the Banquet Room. Signs outside the venue announce that this is a non-seated venue, which is certainly a good thing, because why would you want to sit when you could dance the night away?

All class, and all funk.

With a primarily instrumental focus, the band consists of drums, guitar, bass, sax, trumpet, and keyboard/organ, with a heavy dose of cheering from the audience thrown in.   With this being their Adelaide début, if the audience at last night’s show has anything to say about it, it certainly won’t be their last.

Unquenchable energy had all of the cool cats in the Banquet Room trying out their best moves  (or just looking ridiculous; I like to feel I have a healthy balance of both), Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro could’ve kept playing for hours, and I’m sure everyone would’ve happily gone along for the ride.

Playing old funk pieces, Led Zepplin and I’m sure a million things in between, the band jump from pieces with all six playing into smashing solos: each showing off the incredible skill of the members.

If you’re looking for a party in Adelaide this weekend, make sure you check out this band.  Dress to get hot and sweaty, bring a bottle of water, get funky, and boogie down!