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Hikoikoi

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Hikoikoi are an original 6 piece reggae-soul-roots group based in Petone, whose sound is currently spreading through the hearts and minds of Aotearoa.

Hikoikoi have played many festivals in the last three years including Wellington’s One Love festival, The Parihaka Peace Festival, The Cuba Street Carnival and The Jackson Street Fiesta. Summer 2008 saw them complete a tour of the North Island and perform on some of the greatest stages in New Zealand alongside the likes of The Black Seeds and Cornerstone Roots.

2008 saw the release of three singles for Hikoikoi - Vibraphone, Jah Armour, and Too Hot to Work.

Their Debut Album is due for nationwide release in June 2009 with Border Music.

Band Members:
Ben Wood (drums, backing vocals)
Paul Wickham (guitar, lead vocals)
James Coyle (bass, keys)
Jessie Moss (backing vocals)
Mara TK (bass, backing vocals)
Maz Hermon (bones)

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Kraven
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Debut Album Out Now
Posted: Sun May 31, 2009 10:23 am
Petone-based reggae-soul-roots band Hikoikoi are proud to announce the release of their self-titled debut album on Friday 29 May and a nationwide tour throughout June to promote the release.

Hikoikoi’s unique blend of roots-fuelled reggae with a hint of jazz and soul-flavoured vocals delivered with a powerful conscious message make for inspiring studio tracks and live performances.

The band’s long-awaited debut album features
Hikoikoi’s unique vocal style and signature keyboard sound, which have seen them become favourites at music festivals over the past 3 years.

“The next big thing out of Wellington” - NZ Herald, 30 April 2009

The release of Hikoikoi comes on the back of their well-received 2008 EP release of Vibraphone, Jah Armour and Too Hot Too Work, which were picked up for airplay by various radio throughout New Zealand.

The band’s latest radio single Blood in the Sand and supporting video endorses their commitment to sharing messages of peace, unity and solidarity as the lyrics in Jah Armour attest: “ Maybe your rhythm be black, maybe your rhythm, be white, but in the end I know we will unite….” Paul Wickham, lead singer of Hikoikoi comments: “Our music speaks of respect for each other and the world we share. It’s music for your heart as well as your head.”

After a hugely successful summer of festivals, including Taranaki’s Parihaka Peace Festival, Rotorua Mardi Gras, Palmerston North’s The Festival Of Cultures and Auckland City’s Music In Parks, Hikoikoi are ready to take their sound on the road to all of Aotearoa on an extensive nationwide tour.

Hikoikoi May/June Tour Dates
May
Sat 30, The Cabana, Napier
Sun 31, Spa Hotel, Taupo
June
Thurs 4, The Yot Club, Raglan
Fri 5, Leigh Sawmill Café
Sat 6, Khuja Lounge, Auckland
Thurs 11, Goodbye Blue Monday, Christchurch
Fri 12, Sammy’s, Dunedin
Sat 13, Dux de Lux, Queenstown
Sat 20, Backstage Bar, Lower Hutt
Thurs 25, San Francisco Bath House, Wellington
Sun 28, Aunt Daisy’s Boathouse, Titahi Bay, Porirua
 

Kraven
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Hikoikoi Debut Album
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:06 am
Hikoikoi are proud to announce the release of their self titled debut album on 29 May 2009 through Border Music. To support the release, the band will be doing a nationwide tour. Hikoikoi are an original 6 piece reggae-soul-roots group based in Petone, whose sound is currently spreading through the hearts and minds of Aotearoa.

Hikoikoi’s unique combination of roots fuelled reggae, dramatic soul flavoured vocals with just a hint of Jazz, gives their live shows high energy, delivered with powerful conscious messages. Their long awaited debut album features Hikoikoi’s signature driving vocals and righteous keys which have seen them become favourites at music festivals over the past 3 years.

The album was self-recorded over three years at Sound Reserve Aotearoa, a new professional recording studio, using analogue equipment and old school instruments. Much of it took place from an isolated boatshed in Petone’s Hikoikoi Reserve, on the shores of the Heretaunga River. The band takes their name from this magic spot, after many late nights song writing and recording whilst watching the water lap inches from their gear.

Hikoikoi releases the album on the back of earlier releases Vibraphone, Jah Armour and Too Hot Too Work which gained praise and airtime on NZ Radio stations nationwide. Their latest single Blood in the Sand and supporting video release endorses their commitment to sharing messages of peace, unity and solidarity. As the lyrics in Jah Armour says “ Maybe your Rhythm be black, maybe your Rhythm, be white, but in the end I know we will unite….” Paul Wickham lead singer of Hikoikoi comments: “Our music speaks of respect for each other and the world we share. It’s music for your heart as well as your head.”

After a hugely successful summer of festival including the Parihaka Peace Festival, Rotorua Mardi Gras, The Festival of Cultures and Auckland Music in the Parks Hikoikoi are ready to head off on their heavy duty nationwide tour. Don’t miss their moving and memorable live performance at a venue near you.
 

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