The Black Seeds

The Black Seeds

About the Artist

Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music.

With numerous European festival tours and releases behind them, and a successful 2009 North American release, their following continues to spread quickly around the globe.

Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, at its core The Black Seeds music is a boundary-crossing sound fusion of big-beat funk, dub, soul, and afro-beat, mixed with vintage roots-reggae.

Described by Clash Magazine as ‘one of the best reggae acts on the planet', their legendary 8-piece live show brings the raw energy and good vibes wherever it goes. They now have countless sell-out New Zealand and Australasian tours behind them, and regularly perform at many of Europe's biggest festivals.

Lyrically The Black Seeds music expresses messages on different levels. Personal triumphs and failures, the fear of love, death, apathy, and relationships, give a personal insight into the lives of the musicians. Ultimately though, their songs are always under-pinned with an underlying positivity and optimism.

Headquarters is, and always has been, the Surgery Studio in the capital city of Wellington - a city with a small, close-knit creative community, which in recent years has churned out the likes of Flight Of The Conchords and Lord Of The Rings. A former Karate Dojo and condemned building, the band's sound engineer Lee Prebble took advantage of the cheap rent to set up the studio, which has since been responsible for producing some of New Zealand's finest albums of recent years (Trinity Roots, The Phoenix Foundation). The Surgery is the practice room, recording studio, and general hangout space for the band, with all four of their albums having been produced there.


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Dust And Dirt Deluxe Edition

The Tui award winning album Dust And Dirt has been re-packaged with seven additional tracks on an extra disc, including a DJ Vadim remix of Wide Open featuring Serocee and Lyric L. The download comes with digital booklet.


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