“The band has matured into one of the most cherished, original live reggae bands in the world.” – The Brag
Katchafire are an all Maori reggae band from Hamilton, who have achieved phenomenal success over the last few years. Their debut album, the prophetically named Revival release by Mai Music, has sold in excess of 45,000 copies with Giddy Up being the biggest selling single of 2003. 2004’s follow up, Slow Burning, was similarly well received, selling 20,000 copies in the first week of release.
Katchafire are one of the hardest working bands in New Zealand. As well as opening shows for the likes of Damien Marley, Michael Franti and Spearhead, they have played gigs all across the country (three in one day on Waitangi Day, in Hamilton, Manukau and Nelson!), undertaken four tours of Australia, and headlined a stadium-filling show in Fiji. All their dreams came true when they supported the original Wailers in Auckland which was followed by two tours of Hawaii plus their debut tours of England, Ireland and the west coast of America.
2013 sees Katchafire return to the UK for Glastonbury Festival then back to the southern hemisphere for Caloundra Music Festival!