RAGGAMUFFIN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011 - NEW ZEALAND BANDS ANNOUNCED!
Andrew McManus Presents is proud to announce that joining MARY J BLIGE, JIMMY CLIFF, MAXI PRIEST, SEAN PAUL, THE ORIGINAL WAILERS and KY-MANI MARLEY for the fourth Raggamuffin festival in Rotorua on February 5th 2011 are NZ acts SALMONELLA DUB, NESIAN MYSTIK, 1814 and SONS OF ZION.
Formed in Christchurch in 1991 Salmonella Dub not only became popular with
reggae audiences for songs such as Baby I Love Your Ways but also pioneered
the unique Pacific sound which combined reggae with dub, drum n bass, hip
hop and the groove based rock that went on to inspire bands such as Fat
Freddy's and Kora. They have successfully toured Australia, Europe, UK and
Ireland multiple times and have worked with collaborators such as Tiki
Taane, Paddy Free, Whirimako Black, Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns, MC Mana
and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. One collaborative project, their
2008 Feel The Seasons Change tour, saw them mix contemporary music and
production with te reo, the ancient arts of taonga puoro and the Orchestra's
classical music tradition. The resulting sound - featuring the birdsong of
Richard Nunns on traditional Maori instruments with the outstanding vocals
of jazz-blues singer Whirimako Black - also influenced tracks from the
band's Freak Controller album which was released in October.
Nesian Mystik was formed by students in the music room of Auckland's Western
Springs College (although one member actually attended St Paul's College) in
1999. Uniting the diverse cultural backgrounds of Polynesia to bring
together Maori, Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island and English ancestry, Nesian
Mystik became one of the biggest names in Aotearoa music. Their 2002 debut
single Nesian Style followed by It's On, and (the post album single) For The
People all reached Top Ten, gold selling status. In an unprecedented
achievement, the group's fourth single Unity also achieved Top Ten whilst
the album Polysaturated went straight to #1 and sold four times Platinum.
In 2008 the track RSVP (featuring PNC) from the band's third Elevator Musiq
album became their 10th Top 10 making the group the first New Zealand artist
to have ten top ten singles. In July 2010 Nesian Mystik released their
fourth and final album titled 99AD (featuring the reggae classic Sun Goes
Down) and announced the band was set to break-up. Luckily Raggamuffin has
secured one of the bands final two farewell performances. Don't miss the
chance to say good bye to this legendary NZ band Raggamuffin style!
Influenced by reggae greats such as Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear,
Jimmy Cliff and Morgan Heritage, Northland band 1814 was formed in 2004 by
Patu Colbert and his sons Shaun and Jimmy and has since grown to include
five other members. Hailing from the hills surrounding Whangaroa Harbour,
1814 took their name from the year the Gospel arrived at Oihi, in the Bay Of
Islands when missionary Samuel Marsden held the first sermon there on
Christmas Day 1814. This event has become the band's inspiration in
delivering the message of peace, love and unity to all people throughout the
world. Their debut album Jah Rydem was released in 2008 and made the NZ
top 20 album charts and placed #1 along with three top 10 singles in the
IMNZ (indie) charts.
Sons of Zion are a six piece Auckland based reggae, rock, metal, dub and
roots fusion band. They describe their sound as having a reggae groove with
melodic vocals, phat dub base lines and metal inspired guitar riffs. Their
self titled debut and independently released 2009 album and the single Be
With You provides smooth R&B moments reminiscent of bands such as
Katchafire. Expect big things from these sons (and one guitarist daughter
Raggamuffin Music Festival 2011 - 10 hot main stage bands, buskers,
Dee-jays, V-jays, village stalls and so much more!
SATURDAY 5 FEBRUARY (WAITANGI WEEKEND) 2011
ROTORUA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM
TICKETS ON SALE: 9AM TUESDAY 26th OCTOBER
www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800-111-999
Click here for more info
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