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Reggae band sets Rehab stage alight

Friday August 25, 2017 Written by Published in Local

Performing for the first time in Rarotonga, New Zealand reggae band Katchafire amped up the crowd, with their Jamaican-infused reggae music at Rehab Night club on Wednesday evening.


The band’s Polynesian influence was a hit with the punters, who were seemingly unfazed by the on-off showers that poured down throughout the almost 90-minute show and instead swayed and grooved with the music regardless of their wet feet and soggy clothes.

The band and their audience reminisced on memories and songs from the group’s last 20 years, with the 2003 hit single Giddy Up and On The Road Again, starting the night off with some serious skanking.

The standard five-man band added a couple of extra members for the night, including an impressive sax and trumpet duo who drew screams of praise from the growing audience during each solo performance.

The good “chill” vibes continued as the set went on, with Get Away, Collie Herb Man and Done Did It rewarding those who braved the rain and muddy ground to groove and move with the band.

The highlight of the show was without a doubt, the smooth rendition of one of the late Bob Marley’s most well-known songs, Three Little Birds, where they invited the audience to sing along – a response that could surely be heard from Raro Fried Chicken nearby.

The song had every concert-goer bopping, serenading or linking arms with their companions. Even the sound technicians could be seen mouthing the lyrics and swaying along with the audience in their sectioned-off booth, as the band laid down the chill reggae rhythm. 

There is no denying that the band who originally started out as a Bob Marley tribute act gave Rarotonga a memorable night, a chance to temporarily escape the daily grind and an assurance that “every little thing was gonna be alright”. 

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