With their fusion of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk, the Sons of Zion are a six piece crew based in Auckland. Their live stage presence has captivated audiences all over the country with their infectious sound, a mixture of reggae groove with melodic vocals, phat dubb bass lines and heavily distorted guitar rifts… there’s something for every musical taste within their original set.
Since their 2007 New Zealand Music Month debut, the Sons Of Zion have continued to build momentum in the NZ music industry and have stamped their unique sound locally at festivals such as Parachute, Native Noise Waitangi Day, Maoriside Tour and the 2008 V8 Super Cars just to name a few.
Although the group are fairly new on the roots scene they’ve already been scouted out to share the stage with some of the country’s best loved roots acts including Kora, Katchafire, The Black Seeds, Cornerstone Roots, Opensouls and House Of Shem.
SOZ have independently produced all of their own original music in the garage of one of the bands members, Sam Eriwata, and released their debut self titled EP in Feb 2008. Sons of Zion were the winners of the 2007 Soundsplash Band competition choosing to launch the EP at the event. Sons fo Zion are currently working on their debut album to be released in October 2009, and released the first single off the album 'With You' in Feb 09.
Samuel Eriwata (percussion, vocals)
Rio Panapa (lead vocals, guitar)
Joel Latimer (keyboards, vocals)
Marika Hodgson (guitar)
Dylan Stewart (bass)
Tawhiri Littlejohn (drums)
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