"Original brushstrokes evoking his interest for flamenco, inigenous and north african music"
A World Citizen
"Heyes makes music which is wonderfully rootless, crosses borders when and where it likes and truly is a pan-global musical blend", A+R Music Factory London
Hailing originally from rural Otago, Jono Heyes formed his own world music group called Mama Yeva – in Dunedin of all places – back in 2007, and has been a global artist of that musical realm since. The decade has seen him play alongside musicians from more than a dozen countries, performing at venues and festivals that promote ecological and social justice around the world.
His unique approach to world music has featured on International world and folk radio including the BBC, Radio Spain, Radio Czech, Radio latvia, Radio Romania, Radio Hungary and many others.
A true globe trotter, Heyes has collaborated with over a hundred artists globally including notable collaborations with triple Emmy Nominee Trevor Coleman (NZ), Fransesca Baines (IRE), Beata Bocek (CZ),Edouard Heilbronn (FR), Petr Tichy (CZ and many more.
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