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Katchafire

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Hailing from the mighty H-Town (Hamilton), Aoteoroa (New Zealand), Katchafire, have become a global roots reggae phenomenon..The all Maori Reggae band, bring their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide, delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around today.

4 highly successful studio albums, multiple awards, platinum sales, highest selling singles, and the list goes on.. Their sound is built on the foundations of classic roots reggae with an RnB and funk rub, mashing modern dancehall and slinky reggae pop. Katchafire has crafted a universal vibe, capturing something truly special in a diversity of instrumentation and clarity of sound.

Built on a family movement, It all started when lead guitarist Grenville Bell, father of Lead Singer Logan Bell & Drummer / singer / songwriter Jordan Bell, moved into an apartment building in town with his then teenage sons where they could make music all night, and the rest is history.. Countless jams and sell out concerts later they are now an 8 piece collective of multi talented songwriters and musicians and have become a staple on the Californian and Pacific Roots scenes. The fire just continues to get hotter following invitations to acclaimed events such as Glastonbury, opening circuits through Europe, Portugal and Brazil, as demand continues to grow for the non-stop feel good vibe of their incredible live shows.

“The crowd reaction indicated that almost every song played was a crowd favourite in itself.” Fasterlouder

Their popularity and critical acclaim has seen them share the stage with artists from Damien Marley, Steel Pulse, UB40, The Wailers, to Michael Franti and Spearhead and many more.. They've garnered respect from the likes of Don Letts (acclaimed documentary maker and Clash tour DJ), music journalist David Katz, and have been championed on the airwaves by radio legends such as Steve Barker (BBC), Charlie Gillet (BBC) and David Rodigan (Kiss FM and others)..to name a few of a very long list.

“Katchafire just keep coming up with goods. Their songwriting ability over the years has become second-to-none and time has allowed them to develop older songs to a point of perfection.” artsHub

Their latest release Best So Far tips the hat to Katchafire's classics in one amazing compilation for music lovers around the world, while the band is deep in studio mode creating their upcoming highly anticipated 5th Studio album.. The momentum just continues to grow, there is no stopping the fire.

“The band has matured into one of the most cherished, original live reggae bands in the world.” The Brag

Band Members:
Logan Bell (guitar, vocals)
Jordan Bell (drums, vocals)
Grenville Bell (guitar)
Leon Davey (percussion, vocals)
Tere Ngarua (bass)

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  • Hamilton

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belu

Joined: 23/12/08
Posts: 1
Location: Outside NZ
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katchafire in argentina!
Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:21 pm
Im from Argentina, my name in Belen. I lived in NZ for two years, and i was lucky enough to get to know this excelent reggae band, and i became one of theyr greats fun. I just love their music, and i love the " NZ touch" in evey song. Im back in Argentina, making sure everyone gets a bit ok katchafire in their lives, and i dream one day they ll come over to visit us! we ll be more than thankfull if they honered us with theys visit
cheers!
 

anarchy

Joined: 24/04/06
Posts: 5
Location: Hawke's Bay
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collie herb
Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:22 pm
this is the first reggae song ive listend to were i fell over in excitement. what an awsom group of people... and what an awsom album not 1 bad song at all... go buy it
 

Shade
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Joined: 17/07/02
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Location: Manawatu
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Katchafire Reviving Revival
Posted: Mon May 2, 2005 2:49 pm
New Zealands’ hardest working reggae band KATCHAFIRE are re-releasing their first album, REVIVAL on May 16 to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the album’s original release. KATCHAFIRE continue touring playing songs from this and their current platinum release SLOW BURNING.

After barely 2 years in the market, REVIVAL is well past double platinum status, yielded 5 radio hits and 1 TUI AWARD WINNER (Giddyup), and it is still in the top 15 sellers of IMNZ independent label album chart.

REVIVAL has been carefully remastered at York Street Recording Studios by the team, Chris Macro and Victor Stent, who originally mixed and produced the album, resulting in a tighter bottom end and a more detailed and satisfying listen, whilst sacrificing none of the original analogue 'warmth'. The album now clocks in at well over an hour, with the addition of 3 dub mixes that have also been remastered.

The repackage comes in the form of a limited edition release:

REVIVAL remastered, with bonus dub mixes; free DVD featuring all six videos from REVIVAL, plus black and white footage of a live-to-air radio broadcast and brief profiles of each of the eight members in the band. All beautifully wrapped in a special sleeve which pays homage to those wonderful Cuban cigar box designs of the past, and also provides a great 'companion piece' for the limited edition 'matchbook' cover of their current release SLOW-BURNING.

ONCE THE LIMITED PACKAGING FOR THE 'BIRTHDAY' HAS RUN OUT, REVIVAL WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE IN REMASTERED FORM WITH EXTRA TRACKS AS A SINGLE DISC (no free dvd or sleeve).
 

Mooks

Joined: 24/06/04
Posts: 4
Location: Canterbury
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Katchafire in Wellington!
Posted: Fri Jun 25, 2004 10:08 am
Very Happy Katchafire in Wellington & L. Hutt

16 July - L. Hutt @ Phonic
17 July - Wellington @ Indigo
 

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Katchafire Go Gold!
Posted: Thu Jul 10, 2003 7:53 pm
This week Katchafire's album 'Revival' has gone gold, meaning they have shipped over 5000 copies to retailers around the country.

The Hamiltonians have been on the charts for four weeks, having debuted at #5.
 

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