Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music, and the all-Maori band Katchafire has become its foremost advocate today. If you like Fat Freddy's Drop, Black Seeds & Trinity Roots don't miss this.
A family affair from day one in 1997, founder and lead guitarist Grenville Bell and sons Logan (lead vocals) and Jordan (drums), remain the core of the band. With years of touring under their belt, the band is constantly in huge demand in New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia and around the world. Their sound is a soulful infusion of roots reggae with an undeniably Maori sound. From humble beginnings jamming in a garage, Katchafire is a melting pot of members, including two generations of one family, and diverse musical perspectives - yet this blend is exquisitely aligned with the essence of reggae - an expression of the social and political, hardship and pain, relaxation and reflection.
Dubbed New Zealand's hardest working band by national media, Katchafire have now completed numerous national and seven international tours. The band has moved audiences around the globe with three tours in New Caledonia, one tour in each Fiji and Hawaii and 10 Australian tours. Katchafire's last two albums have gone double platinum and platinum respectively. Highlights from Katchafire's performances to date include opening and playing alongside The Wailers, Third World, Alpha Blondy, Shaggy, Damian Marley, Renee Geyer, Deceptikonz, Kora, House Of Shem, Fat Freddys Drop, Salmonella Dub, Black Seeds and Trinity Roots. The band has also had a strong presence at WOMAD and Big Day Out festivals.
Katchafire's unique, proudly New Zealand reggae style envelopes cross-cultural and cross-generational audiences in the revitalising vibes of healing music, encouraging sing-alongs and regeneration of soul. The Katchafire flame continues to burn ever brighter and stronger.
Friday 14th August 2015
Price: £17.00 advance (+stbf)