Katchafire is one of the best reggae bands in New Zealand. With an extraordinary double platinum album sale (about 30,000 copies) in their debut album, the band was set into the road of success. As the most loved band in the pacific, they continue to tap into the hearts of people with their uplifting songs. The front man and guitarist Grenville Bell started the journey with his sons Logan Bell (vocals) and Jordan Bell (drums). Ara Adams-Tematea (bass/manager), Haanai Totorewa (guitars/keyboards), Thompson Hohepa (guitars), Leon Davey (percussions), and Jamey Fergusson (saxophone/keyboards/guitars) later joined the crew to complete the eight-piece wonder. Formed in 1997, the band started to play songs from Bob Marley’s repertoire. After numerous sessions, they managed to make their own songs. The band’s influences come from a deeper traditional New Zealand harmony. From pre-European Maori ancestral hymns to cultural awareness, the band was able to fuse it with reggae music. It is something that makes Katchafire’s music come to life.
The humble beginnings of the band - playing flavorful reggae music inspired by Bob Marley and the Wailers in local pubs, paid off as their fans continue to grow. With their love for music and people in different cultures and affiliations, rumors spread about the talented reggae musicians. In 2002, a surprising single “Giddy Up” hit the airwaves with a massive appreciation from listeners. It was something that the band didn’t expect – it was the highest selling single that year. Followed up by their debut album “Revival” in 2003, the band was already carved into the country’s music history.
It was evident from the band’s record sales that Katchafire is already an icon in New Zealand’s music industry. Later that year, the band showcased their talents on nationwide tours – where most stadiums were filled with fans and reggae lovers. As years passed by, concerts became more often, earning the title of the busiest and the hardest working band in New Zealand. The band’s gig in Fiji has become one of the memorable performances. Their tickets were sold out and songs played all over the Fijian radio stations. They became an inspiration to the Fijian reggae lovers.
Until 2007, the band has been on numerous tours and produced albums “Slow Burning” (2004), “Homegrown Dub” (2006), “Party Pack” (2007), and “Say What You’re Thinking” (2007). After a decade of successful albums and concerts, Katchafire’s latest album “On the Road Again” talks about the band’s journey from a young cover band to a chart topping reggae artist. The carrier single and also the album title talks about the touring experience of the band, not only in the pacific but also nations like Europe and US. It’s also a big collaboration from the artists they met on tours.
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