"Original brushstrokes evoking his interest
for flamenco, inigenous and north african music"
Lara Lopez, rtve radio Spain, Musicas possibles
A World Citizen?
Jono Heyes grew up in an abandoned gold mining village in the mountainous region of North Otago, deep in the south of New Zealand. But when asked where he is from, he might reply one of these 3 possibilities
2-"Nowhere and everywhere."
An old woman on a street once said to Heyes as he sat with a guitar in hand "music will travel, won't it?" So taking the old dames advice he saved money picking fruit and playing in the alleys and sold what he had to travel the world, hitching with his guitar in hand, playing on streets and doing volunteer jobs on farms like a character in a Steinbeck Novel.
Returning to New Zealand, full of songs and desperation in seeing the damage that un-bridled capitalism was doing he created in 2007 his world music group Mama Yeva.
A protest for rather than against, above all Heyes is noted for his passionate multi cultural notes, a world music that evokes Maliesque African undertones, Cool Cubano Son, 60's folk, Paco de lucia's flamenco and even indigenous sonorities.
His unique approach to world music has also travelled featuring on International world and folk radio including the BBC, Radio Spain, Radio Czech, Radio latvia, Radio Romania, Radio Hungary and many others.
Listen more about Jono's Philosophy here;