The Record Collection

Shaolin Afronauts: Flight of The Ancients

freestyle records

Track list:

01 – Journey Through Time
02 – Rise with The Blind
03 – Flight of The Ancients
04 – Shaolin Theme
05 – Kilimanjaro
06 – Shira
07 – The Quiet Lion
08 – The Scarab


Ross McHenry – Bass
Kevin Van Der Zwaag – Drums
Chris Soole – Alto Saxophone
Adam Page – Tenor Saxophone
John Hunt – Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet
Chris Weber – Trumpet
Lachlan Ridge – Guitar
Dylan Marshall – Guitar
Kahil Nayton – Guitar
Tim Wilsdon – Congas
Tim Bennett – Percussion
Joel Prime – Percussion
David van der Zwaag – Shekere, Percussion

Producer: Ross McHenry
Recorded By – Corey Hosking + Gabriel Agostino (#05,07), Tom Barnes (#01-04,06,08)

Tracks 01-04,06 and 08 recorded at Mecca Records and Mixmasters.
Tracks 05,07 recorded at Chapel Lane Studios.
All tracks mixed at Mecca Records and Broadcast Studios, Adelaide SA.
Mastering at Topfloor Music, Brighton UK.

The Shaolin Afronauts are an Adelaide-based afrobeat band that is styled after Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band and Sun Ra.
Their music incorporates elements of avant-garde jazz, soul and traditional African and Cuban percussive rhythms.

Founded in 2009 out of a fascination with african jazz and soul, the band began their life as a support for The Transatlantics before branching out to play their own shows.
Over the course of the next few months, the group solidified with a core of twelve band members and expanded their repertoire of original songs.
Over the next few years, the band’s presence grew; in 2011, they were booked to play the Womadelaide festival in South Australia and had already seen extensive touring throughout the country.

Later in the same year, they were signed to Freestyle records and saw the release of their debut album, ‘flight of the ancients.’
The album was featured on Radio National Breakfast and garnered considerable attention on community radio, streetpress and Triple J.

Shaolin Afronauts’ 2nd album “Quest Under Capricorn” was released in July 2012.
Recorded in January 2012 with an expanded 18 piece band, QUC marks a the beginning of a new direction for the band and the evolution of our unique take on the sound of Afrobeat.