Tahuna Breaks

About Tahuna Breaks:

Tahuna Breaks have always encompassed a rich diversity of musical genres and styles. With seven members, the group’s live act is energetic, raw and large. It combines aspects of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and is influenced by artists as varied as James Brown to Daft Punk. The band are well known for being unafraid to mix genres and have honed their sound on the live stage that encompasses funk, disco, soul, live electronics and roots.

Since inception, the band have gained momentum, focusing more and more on addictive rhythms that get audiences moving. They have an appetite for continuously progressing and pushing boundaries in their live performance, and audiences have already begun taking note of the band’s shift towards a sound that is bigger, darker and heavier.

 

Albums

Tahuna Breaks‘Tahuna Breaks Live: 10’ ©2015

‘Shadow Light’ ©2013

‘Black, Brown and White’ ©2009

‘Reflections’ ©2007

 

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http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/Tahuna-Breaks-tickets/artist/1463422

 

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http://tahunabreaks.com/contact

Fly My Pretties

About Fly My Pretties:

Fly My Pretties is an ever changing collective. A collaborative musical & visual show, set in a theatre environment, featuring fresh & established contemporary musicians & artists.

The focus is on original music and artistic collaboration, but the surrounding themes and aesthetics have made it much more of an experience than a just a concert.

Since its inception, Fly My Pretties has grown to become a local legend of music that continues to reach people all over the world. Fly My Pretties first entered New Zealanders’ hearts and minds in 2004, with the idea from The Black Seeds front-man Barnaby Weir and Mikee Tucker (Loop), to assemble a talented and exciting group of Wellington-based musicians and record it live in an intimate environment.

PRETTIES MEMBERS:

Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson (all in The Black Seeds), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Age Pryor, Hollie Smith, Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation) Adi Dick, Laughton Kora (Kora), Nathan ‘Nato’ Hickey (Grand Prix), Tessa Rain, Mailee Matthews (CASH), Module, Brendan Moran, Darren Siggley, Anna Coddington, Eva Prowse, L.A. Mitchell, Lisa Tomlins, Mara T.K (Electric Wire Hustle), Paul McLaney, Ryan Prebble, Tom Watson (Cassette), Rio Hunuki- emopo (TrinityRoots), Jayson Norris, Ned Ngatae (Anika Moa), Aaron Tokona (AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight), James Coyle & Iraia Whakamoe (both The Nudge).

 

Albums

Fly My Pretties‘The Homeland Recordings’ ©2013

‘IV’ ©2012

‘A Story’ ©2009

‘The Return Of Fly My Pretties’ ©2005

‘Live At Bats’ ©2004

 

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http://www.flymypretties.com

 

Reviews

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/music/gig-reviews/9152119/Review-Fly-My-Pretties-in-Auckland

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10793806

http://www.amplifier.co.nz/review/84109/fly-my-pretties-fly-my-pretties-iv.html

 

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loop@loop.co.nz

 

Delaney Davidson

About Delaney Davidson:

Hailing from Lyttelton, New Zealand, part man part wheel, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman.

One hand holds a small brown suitcase; his trade, his ghost orchestra, the other holds his guitar. One foot firmly in the Blues Trash corner of the ring, the other on the road, you could say Delaney sees music as he sees geography, and that although he has certain preferences, in fact all territories are up for grabs. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Austria, Romania, Belgium, Holland, Russia, France, USA, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, all destinations on the ten year Solo Tour with which Davidson has turned homelessness into a success of its own.

Man of a thousand faces, his work with paint, music, film and concept all has traces of his unique take on life. Part new world and part old world, this duality is echoed in the flavours he evokes with his work; Past VS present, too loud for folk VS too quiet for rock, Light VS Dark, Davidson’s restless work refuses to be still for the portrait it is asked to sit for. A pattern we see in his own restless life, indeed, the apple never falls far from the tree.

 

Albums

‘Rough Diamond’ ©2007

‘Ghost Songs’ ©2008

‘Self Decapitation’ ©2010

‘The Harbour Union’ featuring Davidson, The Eastern, Lindon Puffin, Al Park, The Unfaithful Ways, Tiny Lies and Runaround Sue ©2011

‘Bad Luck Man’ ©2011

‘Sad But True, The Secret History of Country Music Songwriting Volume One’ with Marlon Williams ©2012

‘Sad But True Volume Two’ as ‘The Grand Ole Hayride’ with Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams and Dave Khan ©2013

‘Sad But True Volume III – Juke Box B-Sides’ with Marlon Williams ©2014

‘Swim Down Low’ ©2014

‘Lucky Guy’ ©2015

 

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http://www.delaneydavidson.com/

 

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http://www.delaneydavidson.com/reviews/

 

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http://www.delaneydavidson.com/contact/

 

1814

About 1814:

Hailing from the hills surrounding the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour, 1814 started out in 2004 and have been bringing their own take on Kiwi flavoured reggae ever since.

The band has since gained a huge reputation for its live shows and extensive touring throughout New Zealand, being on the road for months on end. The band has also become a popular favourite on the festival circuit both in New Zealand and overseas.

Over the years this band has supported numerous international bands like Third World on their NZ Tour, Nas and Damien Marley on their Distant Relatives Tour, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Kolohe Kai, Rebel Souljahs, Raggamuffin international artists; Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, The Wailers, Kymani Marley, J Boog, Spawnbreezie, Billy Ocean, Ali Campbell, Sly and Robbie, Arrested Development and N’kule Dube.

 

Albums

1814‘Jah Rydem’ ©2008

‘Covers Album’ ©2011

‘Relax’ ©2012

 

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http://www.1814.co.nz/

 

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http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/1814/id319604889

 

Reviews

http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/46352/1814-covers-album-review

 

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info@1814.co.nz

 

Left Or Right

About Left Or Right:

Left Or Right is a Bass Heavy Dub, Sonic Roots & Psychedelic Fuzz Band from Invercargill / Dunedin, New Zealand.

Since the release of their 2009 debut record, the band has continued on their mission of extensive touring, appearing at some of NZ’s sweetest festivals along the way, and performing alongside many of NZ’s highest profile acts (including The Black Seeds, Kora & Salmonella Dub). All the while, the band have also been honing their song writing craft.

Band members:

Callum Hampton
Metua Marama
Seedy Marshall

 

 

Albums

Left Or Right‘Nuggety’ ©2009

‘Buzzy’ ©2012

 

 

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http://leftorright.bandcamp.com/

 

 

Reviews

http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/review/CID/684/N/Buzzy.utr

 

 

 

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leftorrightnz@gmail.com

The Eastern

About The Eastern:

The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers, and sings love songs like union songs, and writes union songs like love songs, and wants to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time.

Whether roaring as their big six piece string band or swinging the loud lonesome sound as a three piece and averaging over 200 shows a year, The Eastern can hold it down in all settings for all comers.

Constantly on tour the eastern have played in every nook and corner of the good isles of New Zealand, and have broken strings and dented floors in parts beyond. From Papanui to Portland, Shirley to Switzerland, they’ve seen more than their share of stages, street corners and bars but treat any opportunity to hold it down and play as a gift and one they’d be fools to waste.

They play like they mean it, like its all they know how do…because they do and it is.

 

Albums

The Eastern‘The Eastern’ ©2009

‘Arrows’ ©2010

‘Hope and Wire’ ©2012

‘The Territory’ ©2014

 

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http://www.forteastern.com

 

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http://www.forteastern.com/store

 

Reviews

“One of the best modern roots bands”
-No Depression

“Stunning”
– Rip it Up

“the first New Zealand band in a long time to
do things the good old-fashioned way.”
– Dominion Post

“The Eastern are possessed of a sound which is heartfelt, authentic and infinitely listenable…”
– NZ Musician Magazine

four stars
-Q magazine (UK)

five stars
-NZ Herald

“NZ’s toughest minded songwriter”
-Graeme Reid

“The Truth”
-Barry Saunders (The Warratahs)

 

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theeasternfamily@gmail.com

Moana and the Tribe

About Moana and the Tribe:

Long acknowledged for having consistently pushed the boundaries of Maori music in both her recordings and live performances, singer/songwriter Moana Maniapoto is a self-confessed political junkie whose lyrics are rooted in the NZ landscape, culture and experience – inspiring her to “produce her own blend of traditional and contemporary styles without compromising either (Graham Reid, music critic).”

Formed in 2002, Moana & the Tribe has played hundreds of stages in Istanbul, Moscow, Florence, Berlin, Warsaw, Toronto, Venice, Shanghai, Seoul, Vienna, Toronto and Taipei. They have taken their haka-funk-dub-fusion to the Herodus Atticus (Athens), Sydney Opera House (Australia) as well as to the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Sziget (Budapest), Sarawak and Norway. The band performed in and around Glasgow 2014 as part of the “Boomerang Project” collaboration with Scottish and indigenous Australian musicians.

Moana is a recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), a Life Time Recipient of the Toi Iho Maori Made Mark (denoting authenticity and quality) and received the 2005 Te Tohu Mahi Hou a Te Waka Toi Award from Te Waka Toi (Creative New Zealand) in recognition of ‘outstanding leadership and contribution to the development of new directions in Maori art.’

In 2007, Moana joined four other outstanding artists who were made Art Laureates by the NZ Arts Foundation. The following year, Moana was honoured by the Waiata Maori Music Awards for her special contribution to the Maori music industry.

 

Albums

Moana and the Tribe‘Tahi’ ©1993
‘Rua’ ©1999
‘Toru’ ©2002
‘Live unplugged’ ©2005
‘Wha’ ©2008
‘The Best Of’ ©2012
‘Rima’ ©2014

 

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Reviews

“In the landscape of New Zealand music, one genre stands out: music by Maori artists, which is a solid cornerstone, and within itself powerfully diverse. One of the most distinctive, articulate and significant Maori voices is Moana Maniapoto who – first with Moana and the Moahunters and latterly as Moana & the Tribe – has taken her often politically conscious music to festivals across the world.” (Graham Reid)

The NZ Herald described Moana & the Tribe as “the most powerful, enjoyable and important act on the mainstage at Womad 2014 delivering a thumping, visually powerful and cleverly calculated implosion of waiata, haka and electronic-flavoured soul-funk.”

http://13thfloor.co.nz/reviews/concert-reviews/moana-the-tribe-galatos-september-28-2014/

 

 

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http://www.moananz.com

Sons of Zion

About Sons of Zion:

Originally grounded in Rotorua, Whangarei & Botany Auckland, these young musicians re-planted their roots in South Auckland to start the band SONS OF ZION.

Built from humble beginnings, and a drive to create, perform, tour and make music, SONS OF ZION started their journey into what would become a permanent lifestyle.

SONS OF ZION are:

RIO PANAPA – Lead Vocals
SAMUEL ERIWATA – Lead Vocals
DYLAN STEWART – Bass
JOEL LATIMER – Keys, Vocals
HARLEM MCKENZIE – Lead Guitar
MATT SADGROVE – Keys, Saxophone
DYLAN ELISE – Drums

 

Albums

Sons of Zion‘Universal Love’ ©2013

‘Sons of Zion’ ©2009

 

 

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Reviews

http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/42751/sons-of-zion-album-review

http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/48349/sons-of-zion-universal-love-album-review

 

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ManaLion

About ManaLion:

Mana – A super natural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object. Integrity, charisma, prestige.
Lion – You know what a lion is.

Sydney-based ManaLion are:

Duan & Only on Frontal Vee’s, Gat-Wound, Indo Tele (and your chestal chords)…
Mondo on Beats, Beets, Electronic Ricochet Rags, Rigs and Persian Rugs (he got no fleas)…
Slam Duncan on Bass and Yazz-Flute, Shakey Golden Tonsil Bee Vee’s (he got the jack).

Between all three members comes a combination of musical influences from Soul to Roots, Funk to DnB, Gangsta Rap to Hardcore Punk and everything in between.

 

 

Albums

ManaLion‘Back In The Day’ ©2014

 

 

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Media

http://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/manalion

http://basefm.co.nz/manalion-back-day/

 

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manalionmusic@gmail.com

Soljah

About Soljah:

Soljah are a five piece unit based in Kaipara and Auckland New Zealand, consisting of five heavy weight musicians who are creating waves across Aotearoa with their mesmerising live performances and ground stomping sound. Heavy distorted riffs with rhythms that knock you off your feet, bouncy drum and bass to put you back on your feet, and tight vocal harmonies that drip with catchy melodies.

While listening to Soljah’s music you will discover an eclectic blend of influences. The heavily distorted guitar lines mixed with jazz harmony come from the master mind of guitarist Les Watene, who has a degree in Jazz. The four on the floor bass drum can be attributed to Tawhiri Littlejohn’s history of playing reggae music since he was young. The soulful vocals of Ben Ratima are reminiscent of a love for old school artists such as Stevie Wonder, and the percussive slapping coming from Raniera Littlejohn’s bass oozes funk and soul. Nicely finished off by a touch of RnB comes from Jacob Nansen on keys.

The five musicians that make up Soljah have been painting their flavour throughout NZ in the music of many well known NZ artists, as they are all highly sought after session musicians, called on by the best for various recording projects and performances. Between the five of them they have played for NZ artists such as King Kapisi, Anika Moa, Savage, Che Fu, Vince Harder, Nesian Mystic, Annabel Fay, Ben Lumis, Josh Leys and Sons of Zion.

The bottom end and deep cutting grooves are held down by a blood connection, brothers Tawhiri and Raniera who grew up on the road touring with their father Tony Littlejohn, NZ reggae legend. You can’t ignore the prowess and commanding authority that flows from these two brothers, the groove is in their veins, and is very contagious, it’s inevitable – once you hear it – you will be pulled into the music of Soljah like quick sand.

 

 

 

Albums

soljah‘Moving Up EP’ ©2010

‘Upgrade’ ©2012

‘Aotearoa’ ©2013

 

 

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http://www.muzic.net.nz/articles/reviews/48075/soljah-aotearoa-album-review

 

 

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www.facebook.com/soljahnz/