Proudly Presented By Neighbourhood Collective
We are ecstatic to be bringing Herbs down to the Manawatu and Wellington regions for 3 exclusive shows in Levin, Mana and Kapiti.
Not long after their world premiere of the Offical Herbs Film "Herbs: Songs Of Freedom" they will be hitting our shores.
To watch the trailer click the link below
Also joining this unforgettable show and wrapping up the night will be Wellingtons local favourite DJ Riddim Cartel!
Once described as "New Zealand's most soulful, heartfelt and consistent contemporary musical voice'',
Herbs are considered pioneers of the Pacific reggae sound, having paved the way for contemporary New Zealand reggae groups such as Fat Freddy's Drop, Katchafire and Trinity Roots.
Herbs produced a stream of reggae hits with some of the country's top talent. In the 1980s and the first half of the '90s, Herbs had 10 top 20 singles hits. Herbs also worked alongside UB40, Taj Mahal, Tina Turner, Neil Young, George Benson and Stevie Wonder.
Though upbeat, Herbs' music is clear in its messages. Their 1982 New Zealand hit "French Letter", which spent 11 weeks on the charts, came to express New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance. Fourteen years later, it was re-recorded to garner support for the prevention of nuclear testing at Mururoa. Similarly, "No Nukes (The Second Letter)", "Nuclear Waste" and "Light of the Pacific" expressed much the same sentiment.
Herbs' third release and first full album Long Ago, which featured the 1984 single of the same name, was produced by well-known New Zealand bass player Billy Kristian. In 1986, former Be-Bop Deluxe bassist/vocalist Charlie Tumahai joined the group, having been a session musician for various international acts.
In 1986, "Slice of Heaven" with Dave Dobbyn reached number one on both the New Zealand and Australian charts. In 1989, Tim Finn joined them for "Parihaka" and, in 1992, Annie Crummer fronted the hit single "See What Love Can Do".
Around this time the band forged into producing, providing instrumentation for Samoan singing sensation, John Parker. The album titled Another Girl produced a local hit, a reggae-funk inspired cover of the Maori folk song "E Papa".
In 1989, the band was assisted by Eagles member Joe Walsh, who produced, played slide guitar and sung on the band's Homegrown album, which featured a cover of "Walk Away Renee", originally recorded by The Left Banke.
See you there