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Tropical Heatwave preview: Soraya Zaumeyer's picks


Singer-keyboardist Soraya Zaumeyer is admired by many a music scene dude as the Lori Partridge of Tampa’s Will Quinlan and the Diviners. She sings soft and pretty, adding starry-night magic with her keyboards.

Lately her rootsy, melodic band has been touring the state, and was recently named one of tbt*’s Ultimate Local Bands for 2009. Click here to listen to the group's song South San Pedro.

The Diviners play at 10 p.m. at New World Brewery. We asked her which artists she's looking forward to seeing before she takes the stage. Here's what she had to say:

"Pop music owes so much to the sounds, rhythms, and melodies of Africa. 'World music’ as a genre had never really intrigued me in the past, but WMNF has introduced me to some really dynamic acts from this continent. I would love to see what Kinobe and Soul Beat Africa (9:05 p.m., Cuban Club Cantina) has to offer.

"When I was in the Sugar Oaks, we shared the stage with the Modern Skirts (9:10 p.m., the Orpheum) more than a few times, and I was always captivated by their songwriting and super-tight harmonies. I seem to remember some solid keyboard playing as well. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing their set. (Click here to listen to the Modern Skirts' Soft Pedals.)

"I’m a retired ska kid, and Magadog (11:55 p.m., Cuban Club Bandshell on the Patio) was a fixture during my junior high and high school days. Maybe these guys can usher in a Tampa Bay ska revival? Can’t wait to hear what they’re up to now. (Click here to listen to Magadog's Hearts On Fire.)

"Bonerama (11:30 p.m., El Pasaje Plaza): Huh huh. Huh huh huh. Huhuhuhuh. Ahem. No, seriously, I need to see this. My family is full of band geeks — my dad was a trombone player, and I’m sure I would be disappointing him if I didn’t take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

-- Julie Garisto, tbt*. Photo by Leigh Armstrong, tbt*.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 5:23pm]


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