Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. From these humble beginnings, this classic roots band has now been billed alongside those who they originally set out to emulate, such as The Wailers, UB40 and Lauryn Hill. They have toured all over Europe, the United States, Brazil and Australia and are a regular venue in most cities and towns around New Zealand through the summer months.
The only advice we can give you is that you should catch them if you can. Celebrating their 25th birthday in , the Dubbies have been on the circuit for a good long while now. This has seen them evolve into one of the most unique and, in a way, distinctly Kiwi-sounding bands ever to raise their heads out of the Aotearoa grass. Whilst some of their music can stray into the darker dub side of things the message is always hopeful. The Black Seeds are one of the bands on this list that is an absolute joy to see play live.
They formed in Wellington in and play with eight band members, which gives them live performances and an electrifying vibe. The whole idea of getting together a bunch of talented and like-minded musicians arose in when Barnaby Weir front-man of the Black Seeds and Mikee Tucker from Loop decided what the world needed was a selection of the most exciting local musicians combining their power to produce scintillating shows set to captivating visual backdrops. This seven-piece, soulful, funky reggae band emerged from Wellington in the late s, dazzled the capital and never looked back.
They have a huge following in Europe — particularly Germany — and tour there often. Although this band broke up in , they reformed again in — albeit without drummer Ricky Gooch — much to the delight of the New Zealand music community.
Rio Hemopo, the bassist, released some solo stuff and was also involved with Breaks Co-op. Riki Gooch, the drummer, has also released solo music under his own name and under the pseudonym Eru Dangerspeil and has played and produced work for many other artists and projects such as Hollie Smith, Neil Finn and Ria Hall.
Raw energy could be said to be the cornerstone of the Cornerstone Roots recipe for success. These guys never disappoint and will leave you humming their tunes when you wake up the next morning. House of Shem has stuck very closely to the original reggae sound, not branching out too much into the other areas of dub or drum and bass, like some of the other bands on our list have.
This meant that when they released their first album in in New Zealand, it was met with such an encouraging response that in they released it again in Australia and Hawaii.
If you feel like whacking on a new incarnation of Herbs this summer, these are the boys. Herbs is what one might venture to call a proper New Zealand reggae band, in the sense that they were conceived in the s, have always been politically driven and have included members of Maori, Tongan, Cook Island and Samoan descent.
If you want to hear an old-school band that truly encapsulates reggae music, not just in New Zealand, but in the Pacific, then look no further than Herbs. Select currency. My Plans. Open menu Menu. Pacific New Zealand Music. New Zealand is a multi-faceted jewel of a country — and not just with regard to the knockout scenery, which is what it has mostly become synonymous with. It has a rich, layered culture and variety is very much the spice of Kiwi life. This variation on the classic reggae genre is claim to some of the most accomplished and acclaimed artists in New Zealand music.
Take a look at our guide and prepare your toes for tapping and heads for bopping. Salmonella Dub. The Black Seeds. Fly My Pretties. Trinity Roots. Cornerstone Roots. House of Shem. Read Next. Music 10 Awesome Bands from New Zealand. Music New Zealand's 10 Best Rappers.