High-spirited Australian band the Cat Empire have set themselves apart by incorporating and emulating a multitude of styles including ska, rocksteady, Latin jazz, funk, Afrobeat, and hip-hop. They established themselves as a live act before they released their self-titled debut album (2003), and since then have regularly hit the upper reaches of the ARIA chart with their studio albums, including the number one hits Two Shoes (2005) and Rising with the Sun (2016). Enlivened by a turntablist, horn section, and dancers, their performances have been documented on a series of secondary live releases, most notably the double-length Live on Earth (2009), drawn from gigs across the planet. The long-running band celebrated 20 years of activity with the release of Stolen Diamonds (2019), their sixth album to debut within the ARIA Top Ten. An ...
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