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Cornerstone Roots + Ngati Dread

Cornerstone Roots + Ngati Dread

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  • Sun 4 Jun ’17, 8:30pm – 11:55pm


YOT Club, 9 Bow St, Raglan



Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $16.38

This upcoming Queens Birthday weekend will be a debut show for drummer Kaea Ruawai - the 18-year-old daughter of frontman Brian Ruawai and Bass player Naomi Tuao she joins her brother Reiki Ruawai and completes the family vibes and female riddim section.

Supporting them will be Ngati Dread from Hamilton.

Ngāti Dread -
A 7-piece roots reggae band based in Hamilton. Playing all-original roots conscious music, with uplifting lyrics and soulful grooves, all in the spirit of sharing Jah love & truth with our fellow brothers and sisters.

Cornerstone Roots -
From deep in the South Pacific, Cornerstone Roots pay respect to the colossal world of Jamaican reggae, while confidently bringing their own influences and uplifting messages to the mix.

This approach of classic cool and future consciousness has helped set the tone for reggae in Aotearoa New Zealand since 2001 when vocalist/guitarist Brian Ruawai and bass player and partner Naomi Tuaopepe established Cornerstone Roots.

Based in Raglan/Whaingaroa in Waikato (NZ), they bring the power of Maori and Samoan culture with a deep knowledge of authentic roots music, dub and ska to the stage and studio.

Playing alongside the Cornerstone Roots founders, is the current line up, which features Brian Ruawai on Vocals/Guitar, Naomi Tuaopepe on Bass, Aaron Bush on Percussion, Nick Stevens on Keys and stepping up in their parent’s footsteps, 17 year old Reiki Ruawai on Vocals and 18 year old Kaea Ruawai on Drums.

'Is it Real' featuring Reiki Ruawai was released in August 2013 and the next release features a version of 'Is it real' remixed by Dubmatix from Canada.

'Freeman' EP was released in 2014 with 'Summer Haze' EP released in Dec 2016.

For the record, Cornerstone Roots has released three critically acclaimed albums, Soul Revolution, Free Yourself and Future Is Now, plus three EPs, One Fine Day, Forward Movement and Free Man.

The 4th Album is due for release in mid 2017 with the first single 'Inna Web' released in March 2017.

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