The characterful and much loved music bar, Napi Orti, in Monkey Forest Road has finally closed its doors.
After 11 years its time was up on 5 Dec 2014.
Yes, there are plenty of other great music bars in Ubud, but Napi’s was unique and a personal favourite.
Photo’s of legends from Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison through to Einstein hung… mostly from the ceilings – as there was only 1 wall at Napi.
Local art, hanging palm leaf decorations, flags and a fish tank all lit up by twinkling lights. Comfy cushions in the no shoes area, the VIP cocktail promoted by mushrooms (of course) and a golden tree not to mention a candle lit entrance – surely there’s never been a cooler bar than this.
In true style Napi Orti went out with 2 bangs!
Thurs 4 Dec was the first of two closing night parties and Yaniq jammed with Griya Faria, blending his rock guitar sound into their reggae.
That first night was more like a mini festival… Kum & friends played first, then Abu’s band followed by Griya Faria who reggaed the house along with their original singer, and Napi’s owner, Made, taking control of the mic alongside Bawa
and, later on, with Kum joining in again.
On the Friday night Abu’s band rocked the final night away.
There’s been so many great nights of fantastic live music in this welcoming and cool atmosphere – it’s going to be missed by many. But at least you can still get your rock and reggae music in Laughing Buddha, LOL, CP Lounge, XL, Bamboo, Jazz Cafe and Lezat etc.,
Also, Made is opening a new Napi Orti bar in Jalan Jembawan and says he’ll have music there once or twice a month – he’s also planning to find another even more central home for the bar in future – so watch this space about Napi Orti’s reincarnation!
Meanwhile, here are more pics from the 2 closing night parties… were you there?
This famous restaurant were celebrating the 1st Anniversary of Divine Friday’s - which is always a great opportunity to welcome the weekend with a glass of wine, or three!
The anniversary event started off on the terrace overlooking the bridge, then moved inside the restaurant.
Guests were entertained by Yaniq as well as another musician called Pak Tatang. Wine, song, fine dining and even a jam session contest was held – which included a tap dancer!
Since then Yaniq’s played a few gigs with his friend’s band called Uluroots who are based in Uluwatu, in the south of Bali.
Uluroots are a great reggae band who often perform ‘on the beach’ which means the audience dance in the sand. You can just see the natural rock backdrop to their wooden stage and, in front, everyone is dancing barefoot in the sand under a starry sky:
Our good friend Nancy jammed with Yaniq one night at The Secret Lounge – nice one Nance:
And here’s Yaniq jamming with local bands in Ubud… this is Griya Faria and Yaniq is on the left of the picture just about to go into a guitar solo:
And here he is jamming with Aboe’s band at Napi Urti:
And with Fredi Marley – just chillin’ in the bale…
This week Yaniq’s still playing down south with Uluroots – but soon he’ll be back in Ubud playing his own original acoustic rock, edged with reggae & blues and sprinkled with tropical Balinese spices!
I mean, what do you really see? Look at the small details.
Yaniq has created many drawings that warrant close attention to detail, and this is a great example of them.
The mirror image is not true at all. The guitars face the wrong way, the woman’s clothes and the candle holders might be black – or white, the instruments might be plain – or patterned, the plant might be dark – or light.
To top it off, Yaniq’s signature and date can be found, backwards, in the mirror.
Hope you like it – please let us know if you do.
Also, please keep watching this blog because we’ll be announcing a new, live gig soon – so you’ll be able to hear Yaniq play all his own songs – without the aid of a mirror, hahaha!