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The Black Seeds, Katchafire & Sons of Zion


Sat 3 Jan 2015, 6:00pm

Where: The Mangawhai Tavern, 2 Moir St, Mangawhai, Kaipara

Restrictions: R18

Listed by: serena20

The cream of New Zealand’s Roots scene create a melting pot of super-human summertastic proportions when they unite this December for a tour de force of tri-coloured vibes this summer.

The Black Seeds, Katchafire & Sons Of Zion bring the green, yellow and red timbre to the nation’s summer circuit, with the summer caravan rolling off the blocks on Friday 26 December in Coroglen.

Throughout 2014 The Black Seeds and Katchafire have totted up a mammoth collection of frequent flying points by gracing stages all over the world where their kiwi-influenced feel good vibes are soaked up by audiences across the globe. What better way to finish a year of international touring than 'jammin' in the sun and sand on the Aotearoa Summer Tours circuit.

With their infectious blend of soul, afro funk and dub infused with a dose of the capital’s windy city groove The Black Seeds have created a huge national following. Since forming in the late 90s they have released five albums and have made serious inroads internationally including extensive tours of the US and are a popular festival draw in Europe. Described by one German magazine as the greatest band of their type in the world, they have also had a song featured on an episode of Breaking Bad. During the recent winter months they holed themselves up in the studio creating tracks for their much anticipated sixth album due for release next year.

Katchafirerecently toured nationally in August then took themselves back to North America where they have been building an ever growing fan base for several years hungry for their indigenous sound. Since the release of their debut album Revival eleven years ago, their travels have also taken them to New Caledonia, Brazil and Europe. Katchafire, with two generations of family in its ranks has its origins in the Waikato when members of the Bell family rallied some friends together to jam some favourites. Father Grenville Bell still leads the band on guitar with sons Logan and Jordan on vocals and drums respectively.

New guys on the block Sons Of Zion have come a long way since their start in a Botany Downs garage in 2006. Expect phatter bass lines and swaying grooves as they inject young blood into this groundbreaking tour.