// The 2014 Line Up
Friday 31 January...
Soljah are a five piece heavywight unit based in Kaipara and Auckland New Zealand, who are creating waves across Aotearoa with their mesmerising live performances and ground stomping sound. This year marked a significant milestone for the group, releasing their highly anticipated debut album ‘Aotearoa’, which went on to be nominated for Best Roots Album at the recent Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Fans can expect a tight combination of heavy distorted riffs with rhythms, bouncy drum & bass and vocal harmonies that drip with catchy melodies.
Tiki Taane is a multi-platinum award winning artist and pioneer of the New Zealand music scene with a career spanning over 20+ years. Rising to prominence as a member of leading New Zealand band Salmonella Dub, Tiki progressed from sound engineer to fully fledged front man and penned some of the bands biggest hits of the Aotearoa dub scene including “Love Your Ways” and “For the Love of It”.
Since embarking on his solo artist career in January 2007, Tiki has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of New Zealand’s most popular and diverse award-winning artists, renowned as much for his powerful live performances as he is for his anthems. Tiki is also renowned as a remix producer and gifted performance MC who has a solid reputation for boosting shows, musical works and recordings worldwide. Tiki will be joined by prominent dubstep DJ Optimus Gryme for one massive set!
Ardijah are one of Aotearoa’s most enduring groups, and continue to share their music more than 30 years on since their formation in 1978. The band is well known for their unique ‘Poly-Fonk’ style of music, fusing Island reggae and Polynesian drums with Funk and R’n’B flavours. Raggamuffin fans can look forward to enjoying another slice of NZ music history as Ardijah makes their Raggamuffin debut in 2014.
Born and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii, four close friends took their love of music and singing from their humble high school campus to forming the reggae group we know today as Rebel SoulJahz. Comprised of four talented vocalists, each with their own unique style, but together create a harmonious foursome unlike any other recording artists. Their highly anticipated third album ‘SoulJahz for Life’ (set to be released in December 2013) is already creating a buzz on the radio airwaves with the hit singles “Gotta Know Your Name”, "SoulJahz For Life" and “Play Me Like a Fool”.
With a commanding presence, a distinctive voice that is recognizable throughout the world and titles such as artist, businessman, philanthropist and Grammy Award winner, Shaggy is and has been a forced to be reckoned with for some time now. A son of the brambly streets of Kingston, Jamaica, his discipline - which he credits to his military background, has been the foundation of his success.
Shaggy has enjoyed an exemplary career spanning more than a decade, along with major cross-over success. Known for his smash hits ‘Boombastic’, ‘It Wasn’t Me’, ‘In the Summertime’ and ‘Angel’ amongst many others, Shaggy has remained humble, taking his success in strides. Shaggy recently released his eleventh studio album ‘Out of Many, One Music’ produced by prolific reggae duo - Sly & Robbie which features numerous collaborations with prominent reggae artists including Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley, Peetah Morgan, Chronixx and Beres Hammond.
// Saturday 1 February...
Formed four years ago at school in Rotorua, Strangely Arousing are a five piece ska/rock
band who have been identified as part of New Zealand’s rising talent. The band came
second in the Zeal Battle of the Bands with their original song Ska scoring the young band
recording time at York St studios, then went on to win Smokefree Pacifica Beats whilst
taking out Best Song for Ska.
LION ROCKERS HI-FI
One of Australasia's most respected reggae sound-systems, Lion Rockers Hi-Fi is a product of a journey that began in 2007, when founders Joshua and Riddim Tim had the vision to bring sound-system culture to New Zealand. This mission continues today as they grow and evolve their sound and further build their reputation amongst the international sound-system scene.
Lion Rockers Hi-Fi spin strictly vinyl and acetate-revival roots reggae, dub, 70s steppers along with the latest in reggae productions and dub plates from around the globe. Raggamuffin fans will be taken on a reggae journey both spiritually and physically. Check them out each day in the Raggamuffin Village.
Majic is a 17 year-old roots reggae artist who hails from Aotearoa New Zealand. She stated her quest to become involved in music as a reggae artist shortly after her 16th birthday in 2011.
In a short space of time she has achieved things most artists could only dream about. She was the first female NZ artist to record at the legendary Tuff Gong studios in Kingston, Jamaica and is to release her debut album, featuring the new single Likkle Man, in late 2013. This young talent is one to watch out for!
SONS OF ZION
Sons of Zion are a six-piece fusion band whose sound is compromises a blend of reggae, heavy rock, dub and funk. Their live stage presence has captivated audiences around New Zealand and their infectious mixture of reggae grooves with melodic vocals, phat dubby base lines and metal inspired guitar riffs.
There's something for every musical taste within their live performance. The boys recently released their sophomore album titled ‘Universal Love’ via Sony Music New Zealand, which features the hit singles ‘Good Love’, #1 airplay hit ‘Tell Her’ and the highly popular collaboration - ‘Superman’ featuring Tomorrow People.
THREE HOUSES DOWN
Formed in 2004, Three Houses Down are an Auckland based group made up of brothers, cousins & close friends who treasure family as their foundation, inspiration and key to success. They have stunning voices, honed through years of singing in the church choir, and compose their infectious blend of roots, reggae and rock with a hint of classical sensibility. 3HD blend Polynesian-inspired vocal harmonies with a driving rhythm section & uplifting lyrics, rearranging them into something truly original and exciting, with just the right dose of pop appeal.
Crowd favourites Common Kings will return for Raggamuffin 2014 after recently completing their first successful New Zealand tour, promoting new music from their Summer Anthems EP. The first single 24/7 has been riding high at #1 on the NZ iTunes Reggae Charts. This time around the Common Kings will bring their massive live show and Reggae-Rock-R‘n’B fusion sounds to the Raggamuffin Main Stage! Fans can expect an array of new tunes and feel good vibes to complement their arsenal of smash hits including - Wade in Your Water, Alcoholic, No Other Love, 24/7 and Fly.
HOUSE OF SHEM
House of Shem hail from Aotearoa, New Zealand and like many legendary reggae groups this band is built around the classic harmony trio format. At the helm is Carl Perkins, a man with over thirty years experience writing and playing reggae music. Joining Carl are two of his sons Te Omeka and Isaiah who not only provide harmonies and play keyboards, they are both lead vocalists and composers in their own right.
Each of the three has their own distinct song writing style and voice, effectively giving the band three lead singers. The harmonies are sublime and the precision of their ensemble performance is phenomenal. The House of Shem live experience is an unforgettable occasion – a rare mixture of power and beauty. This band’s incredible tightness, heavenly harmonies, conscious lyrics and blend of both traditional and contemporary reggae styles will leave you spellbound.
AOTEAROA REGGAE ALL STARS
The Aotearoa Reggae All Stars (ARAS) is a collective of NZ’s top reggae musicians who joined forces earlier this year for charity. The stellar line-up includes members of Sons of Zion, Tomorrow People, Katchafire, 1814, Three Houses Down, House of Shem, NRG Rising, Tasty Brown as well as Che Fu, Majic Paora and Chad Chambers.
They will perform an exclusive set of reggae classics on the Main Stage, including their incredible remake of Herbs’ Sensitive to a Smile, the single that raised funds for Mana Ririki, a charitable organisation that advocates for Maori children and violence-free parenting. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see NZ’s finest collaborate yet again and recreate the magic that is Aotearoa Reggae All Stars!
While capturing the essence of true Roots Reggae, the internationally acclaimed Groundation aims to take the art of genre-bending to new heights by blending elements of Jazz, Funk and transcendental Dub in their progressive amalgam of sound. The band derived its name from ‘grounation’ - the Rastafarian ceremony of the same name. Grounations are ancestral Rastafarian gatherings aimed at reaching a common vibration through the positive power of prayer and music - something the band shares with its fans at each concert.
Over the years, the band grew to become a 9 piece band including a Jazz horn section, several percussion players and Jamaican background singers. Whether a fan of Jazz improvisation, the deep grooves of Funk and Dub or the challenging consciousness of Roots Reggae, Groundation offers Raggamuffin fans a point of contact to connect to the music.
Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed by five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan. Nearly two decades and ten albums later, the mission has come full circle for Morgan Heritage. Globally known as the “Royal Family of Reggae,” and now today being dubbed as the “Rolling Stones of Reggae” (in large part due to the act’s electric stage shows), Morgan Heritage has established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit.
From an extraordinarily talented teen quintet to one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces, Peetah (vocals), Una (keyboard/vocals), Gramps (keyboard/vocals), Lukes (rhythm guitar) and Mr. Mojo (percussion / vocals) are back with ‘Here Come The Kings’ - the collective’s first musical arrangement in five years after respective solo careers and music ventures of their own. Here Come The Kings reminds us, that the pulse of one of reggae’s most enduringly successful acts, Morgan Heritage, will be eternally pure.
Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley (son of the legendary Bob Marley) is arguably one of most
successful and well rounded reggae dancehall musicians of the modern era. Having
performed since the ripe age of 13, Damian has enjoyed much success throughout
his two decade long career, including three well received solo albums, numerous
accolades and has taken part in a number of accomplished collaborative projects.
At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album & Best Urban/Alternative
Performance for ‘Welcome to Jamrock, and is still the only Jamaican reggae artist in
history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. Since then, Marley has worked
on many collaborations with a diverse range of artists, including hip hop legend Nas
(Distant Relatives), Superheavy (Album), Bruno Mars (Liquor Store Blues) and more
recently on the smash hit ‘Make it Bun Dem’ produced by Skrillex.
Lately Marley has been focusing on music with the Ghetto Youths International collective
- a label run by Damian and brothers, Stephen & Julian. Their latest project ‘Set Up Shop
- Vol 1’ features Marley collaborations with the next generation of promising reggae/hiphop
artists. Three of these artists from GYI - Wayne Marshall, Black Am I and Christopher Ellis
will join Damian Marley to headline Raggamuffin 2014 with a massive full two hour set!
This is one show certainly not to be missed!