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Fri 29 Feb 2008, 6:00pm

Where: Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

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Katchafire, one of the leading reggae bands in New Zealand, will perform on Friday, 29 February. Leap in to this one, and you'll be helping our endangered native frogs!

Katchafire is an all Maori reggae band from Hamilton, who have achieved phenomenal success over the last few years. Their debut album, the prophetically named Revival release by Mai Music, has sold in excess of 45,000 copies with Giddy Up being the biggest selling single of 2003. 2004's follow up, Slow Burning, was similarly well received, selling 20,000 copies in the first week of release.

2007 has seen the band with a busy international calendar taking the stage in places such as Roskilde in Denmark, Rototomsplash in Italy, SummerJam in Germany, Larmer Tree and Rhythms of the World in England. Estimated crowds are at around 300, 000 in total with Rototumsplash and Summer Jam two of the most highly regarded and attended reggae festivals in Europe, if not the world. They also return to Hawaii playing at the Big Birthday Bash in Waikiki, Australia, Guam, Japan and Tahiti.

The band has had sustained domestic exposure, doing gigs for corporates such as Air New Zealand, Vodafone Warriors, and festivals such as Soundsplash, Rhythm and Vines and World Waka Ama Championships. They also continue to work PR opportunities having recently featured in TV3 News on their latest trip to London and also gracing the cover of the latest NZ Musician Magazine, with a three page article covering the band. The band continues to uphold its reputation as one of NZ's hardest working bands.

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