Reggae / Ska / Dub from Hamilton New Zealand
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since circa 1997
Katchafire is New Zealand’s Premier Reggae Band. Since 2002 they have recorded three full length albums, a dub remix album and a Live CD. With years of touring under their belt, the band is constantly in huge demand in New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia and around the world.

They present an infusion of the roots reggae lineage with an undeniably Maori sound.

From humble beginnings ‘jamming’ in a garage, Katchafire is a melting pot of unique members, including two generations of one family and diverse musical perspectives – yet this blend is exquisitely aligned with the essence of reggae which can be an expression of social and political persuasions, hardship and pain, relaxation and reflection.

Dubbed New Zealand’s hardest working band by national media, Katchafire have now completed numerous national and seven international tours. The band has moved audiences around the globe with three tours in New Caledonia, one tour in each Fiji and Hawaii and 10 Australian tours.

Katchafire’s last two albums have gone double platinum and platinum respectively. Revival went double platinum in New Zealand in 2003 and reached the Top 5 in International Billboard Charts in the US 17 weeks . Katchafire also released six singles from Revival. Slowburning has also gone platinum and is to be released into US/Hawaii markets soon. To date, the band has release three singles from this album.

Highlights from Katchafire’s performances to date include opening and playing alongside The Wailers, Third World, Alpha Blondy, Shaggy, Damian Marley, Renee Geyer, Deceptikonz, Kora, House Of Shem, Fat Freddys Drop, Salmonella Dub, Black Seeds and Trinity Roots. The band has also had a strong presence at WOMAD and Big Day Out festivals.

Katchafire’s unique, proudly New Zealand reggae style envelopes cross-cultural and cros-generational audiences in the revitalising vibes of healing music, encouraging sing-alongs and regeneration of soul. The Katchafire flame continues to burn ever brighter and stronger.
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