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One Love 2019 line-up finalised

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Stan Walker and the Black Seeds are among the final additions to the line-up for next year’s One Love Festival.

As in previous years, the ever-popular reggae and R&B festival will be held at Tauranga Domain over Auckland Anniversary weekend (January 26-27) and already boasts a headline line-up that includes international favourites such as UB40 (featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey), Ky Mani Marley and Maxi Priest.

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Catch Sons of Zion live

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Chart-toppers Sons of Zion are hitting the road to promote their new album Vantage Point.

The tour –presented by Mai fm with support from The Edge – kicks off in Hamilton on August 24 and will conclude in Christchurch on September 8.

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First line-up for One Love

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Aaradhna, Katchafire and Tomorrow People are among the local acts so far confirmed for next year’s One Love Festival.

Now in its fifth year, the reggae fest will once again be held at the Tauranga Domain on January 26-27 and the first line-up announcement is made up of  a host of both overseas and local stars.

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Katchafire: Legacy

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When Katchafire first emerged in early 2000s the concept of ‘BBQ Reggae’ didn’t really exist. These days, they can be seen as godfathers of the scene, although given the negative connotations the term now invokes, it’s an accolade they would probably be reluctant to embrace.

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Sons Of Zion: Vantage Point

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With lines like “taking the top spot” and “eyes on the prize”, the opening title track works pretty well as a statement of intent for Sons of Zion on their latest LP. While their debut Universal Love (2013) wasn’t exactly a pure reggae album either, Vantage Point is an unashamed bid for the mainstream, with pop and R&B flavours very much to the fore.

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Album Review: Lord Echo

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“I love music / just as long as its groovy” croons Lisa Tomlin on ‘I love Music’, the final track off Harmonies – and those lines serves equally well as a sonic manifesto for Lord Echo, aka Mike Fabulous.

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Tomorrow People: Avina Kelekolio talks Bass & Bassinets

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Formed in 2010, Wellington band Tomorrow People are one of New Zealand’s most popular purveyors of what they bill as “sunshine reggae”.

The seven-piece group’s 2012 debut One topped the New Zealand charts and went on to win a number of awards including Best Group at the 2013 Pacific Music Awards.

We catch up with Tomorrow People co-founder Avina Kelekolio about the release of their sophomore set Bass & Bassinets.

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Fat Freddy’s Drop: Toby Laing interview

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Toby Laing acknowledges, Fat Freddy’s Drop are something of an institution these days – and not just in New Zealand.

The Wellington groovemeisters are a big draw on the European festival circuit show and now regularly divide their time between the northern and southern hemispheres. However, this year they retired to their Wellington studio to write and record their fourth studioalbum Bays.

Laing – AKA Toby Chang – takes us through the recording process and reflects on why European audiences have embraced the band.

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Album Review: Fat Freddy’s Drop

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In the past, the beloved Wellington groovemeisters have tended to write and road test their songs on the road before committing them to disc.

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Album Review: House Of Shem

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Just in time for the start of the barbeque season, the local reggae favourites return with another sunny slice of easy skanking.

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