21-year-old New Zealand Jazz/Soul wunderkind Arjuna Oakes’ star continues to rise in 2020. Following the release of his debut EP in 2019 with a combined 200,000+ Spotify listens, Arjuna and his band have spent a jubilant summer impressing crowds at New Zealand’s most important music festivals including Rhythm and Vines and Tora Bombora.
With an act comprising some of New Zealand’s most exciting young jazz musicians, Arjuna and his band present a euphoric live experience, with his charismatic soul vocals and robust sonic palette serving as a connective thread. Decorated by cinematic soundscapes, hypnotic grooves, creative improvisation and catchy melodies, Arjuna’s recordings and performance display a musical sensibility well beyond his years.
With tracks from his EP playlisted by tastemakers as diverse as Tokyo’s influential DJ Taro of J-Wave FM, as well as Vogue Paris’ 2019 selection, Arjuna’s appeal is truly international.