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House of Shem + Special Guests


Sat 14 Mar 2009, 8:00pm

Where: The Bedford (Ex Legends), 46 Bedford Row, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Door Sales: $25.00
  • Adult: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: Carl Perkins

House of Shem, an 8 piece reggae band, embark on their first South Island NZ tour.

House of Shem hail from Aotearoa, New Zealand and like many legendary reggae groups this band is built around the classic harmony trio format. At the helm is Carl Perkins, a man with over thirty years experience writing and playing reggae music. As a former member of Herbs, Mana and the Twelve Tribes of Israel Band amongst others, Carl’s musical credentials are impeccable. Joining him up front are two of his sons, Te Omeka and Isaiah who not only provide harmonies but both of whom also write, take turns at singing lead and play keyboards as well. Like other popular local whanau-based outfits Kora and Katchafire, it is this blood link and family bond that renders the sound of their combined voices as something really extraordinary.

Backing this trio is certainly one of the tightest rhythm sections you are ever likely to hear, with Kaya Webster who is a “one-drop” prodigy, having played drums for the Twelve Tribes of Israel Band since he was of primary school age and Francis Harawira, a heavy-duty bassist also formerly of the T.T.I. Band and Token Village. R & B Sensation Chong Nee on vocals and keyboards, Rounding out the sound is the exceptionally gifted guitarist Roy Venkataraman – a seasoned veteran himself who toured and played with The Wailers band for a number of years and the soul infused horns of Chris Nielson on sax and trumpet.

Over the last couple of years the band has extensively toured the country. They have become a regular fixture at annual festivals such as Soundsplash (Raglan), Parihaka Peace Festival (Taranaki), Raggamuffin (Rotorua), One Love (Wellington) and Phat 08 (Nelson) and have forged a loyal fan base not just in the main centres, but also in the smaller rural communities. The House of Shem live experience is an unforgettable occasion – a rare mixture of power and beauty. Whether you are Rasta or raver, this band’s incredible tightness, heavenly harmonies, conscious lyrics and blend of traditional and contemporary reggae styles will leave you spellbound.

Supporting House of Shem in Christchurch is local reggae band TAOS & South Islands finest Dj Messenjah
Saturday 14th March, The Bedford (Cnr Madras & Bedford Row), Christchurch
Tickets $20 from Real Groovy & Ticketek
Limited door sales on the night $25

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