The Meliponas

Latin Fusion / International Sounds

The Meliponas are an instrumental fusion band from Kelowna, BC. Their sound is an upbeat mix of Latin, jazz, and international rhythms. The eclectic, upbeat, and ethereal music of The Meliponas has been creating a stir in the Okanagan since the band launched in early 2018.

The 4-piece instrumental band out of Kelowna, BC, is made up of Victor Hugo Cobian (lead guitar and charango), Lucie Bardos (rhythm guitar), Megan Frederick (bass), and Ethan McKibben (drums). The four musicians' extremely varied musical and cultural backgrounds reflect clearly in their music which draws on everything from Djando Reinhardt, to Jesse Cook, Balkan brass, and South American & European folks songs for inspiration.

Their music features both covers and original compositions written by band founder Victor Hugo Cobian, who together with his wife Lucie, released an EP entitled "El Chaman Pasa" in 2015, which created a foundation for the unique sound that the band has since refined.

The Meliponas have been performing in and around the Okanagan since 2018, playing at festivals, such as the Kelowna World Music Festival and the Okanagan Wine Festival, while also fitting very well into more intimate settings such as restaurants and breweries.

The name of the band comes from The Melipona Bee, which is a type of stingless honey bee that is native to Central and South America. It produces a rare and valuable type of honey and is the primary pollinator of the vanilla orchid due to its unique evolutionary traits. It can be seen as a symbol of the beauty and fragility of our ecosystems.

Victor Hugo Cobian | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Where to Catch Them

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Lucie Bardos | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Venues The Meliponas have played:

Cannery Brewing
Flux 74
Hector's Casa
La Lupita
Parks Alive
Red Bird Brewing
Summerhill Winery
The Fireside Festival (BNA)
The Francophone Centre
The Lakehouse
The Rotary Centre for the Arts
The Seismic Mountain Festival (Silver Star)
The World Music Festival.
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