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1814 are an eight-piece reggae band whose members live in the hills surrounding the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour and nearby town of Kerikeri, Northland.

Patu Colbert (guitar/vocals), formed the band with sons: Shaun (drums) and Jimmy (bass), in 2004. The line up now includes: Darren Katene (lead vocals); Katherine Te Haara – Atama (vocals); Reuben Heger (sax); Erana Jones (keys) and Maihi Pinker (vocals).

The name 1814 was taken from the year the Gospel arrived at Oihi, in the Bay Of Islands. Missionary, Samuel Marsden, held the first sermon there on Christmas Day, 1814. This is the inspiration behind delivering a message of peace, love and unity to all people throughout the land.

The band has been gigging regularly since the release of their album, Jah Rydem. Patu describes it as having " . . . a funky, R’n’B, roots feel to it.” While touring, we were pleasantly surprised at how well the album has been received around the country. Totally awesome! Song writing was shared between members, with Darren writing lyrics for several of the songs.

The band has had the privilege of playing with some of the country’s top acts: Katchafire, House of Shem, 3 Houses Down, Cornerstone Roots, Unity Pacific, Ardijah, D Dub, Ruia Aperahama, Whirimako Black, Che Fu, Moana and The Tribe, to name a few as well as playing at various festivals around the country.

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Kia Ora Koutou. Biiig ups to 1814 for doing another concert in Wellytown on the Sunday nite. Heaps of us missed out on your gig @ Otaki with Rebel Soljahz, & then we missed out on tickets to your Satdy nite gig @ Hope Bros! So thank you very much for the Sunday nite. Pleez come back again sometime, cos Wellytown is where reggae in Aotearoa originated from. Tena Korua! Bro's Maihi me Patu! Ko Martha Ponga tenei, met u @ Otaki motel yep! the party overstayer! lol! lookn forward too 1814 rockin in Whanganui next week! knowing you have a show in Welly's the next day! taku patai! would your roopu be keen on a kai & drinks & refreshments after your gig @ memorial hall? ave u got other means of communicating with u other than this way?? the ish!love your sounds!pump them every morning when i get up! Kia Kaha 1814, mean maori mean, even my youngest daughter love your music. Plan on watching you's perform alot more. Had mean night at Nero Bar 1st May 09. Much love to you all. Keep them beats rolling, mean saw them at the Fentons in Rotorua 4/4/09 mean az grooves and Jah sounds

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