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Sons Of Zion - EP Release: The Jukebox Suite

14 Aug 2017 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

If you want to be transported away to hot summer days and music festivals, then go no further than Sons Of Zion brand new EP titled The Jukebox Suite, four songs including a new single featuring Aaradhna called Is That Enough. This band is the epitome of smooth balmy summertime sounds.

Sons of Zion’s musical style have evolved over the years to form a solid foundation of reggae layered with rock, gospel, soul and RnB elements.  Bob Marley and Kiwi Icons such as Kora, Katchafire, The Black Seeds and House of Shem to name a few, are influences which has helped shape this young band whose roots are in South Auckland.
 

The band’s latest offering of a 4 track EP titled The Jukebox Suite is so catchy that it has zoomed up the official nz music charts at lightning speed and as I write this is at number three, a quick check on their FB page tells me the latest music video Is That Enough ft Aaradhna has a mere 4.2k likes, loves and wows. This comes as no surprise "Sons Of Zion have carved a very successful path with more than 12 million streams on Spotify, more than 10 million views on YouTube and 100k plus following on social media". If you listen to the music which this band has been playing past and present since 2007, you will understand why they have a heap of love.

Aaradhna has a beautiful, silky voice which pairs perfectly with Caleb’s vocals. Indeed next level stuff.

The first track on this EP to be released was Live It Up, it is a funky tight and catchy number, which I know will be blaring out of car sound systems at your favourite holiday hotspot in a few months’ time and also gives you a pretty good indication that this is one highly polished EP.

The next two tracks, The Way That I Am and In The Sky continue along in the same vein with that velvety smooth and unique sound.  

The Jukebox Suite has been a tasty teaser to the 2018 summer festival sound, a tempting morsel of sunshine, sand and sunscreen and another indication that New Zealand can drop those dub/reggae/RnB beats up there with the world’s finest.

 

About Sons Of Zion

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.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Sons Of Zion

Releases

Vantage Point
Year: 2018
Type: Album
The Jukebox Suite
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Universal Love
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Sons Of Zion
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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