Homemade Impresses

Wellington reggae seven-piece Fat Freddy’s Drop is compared to 70’s funk groups the Average White Band and War in a Guardian review of their latest nine-track album Dr Boondigga & the Big BW. The group  — who took home two Tuis at the New Zealand Music Awards for Best Aotearoa Roots Album and Best Producer  — is a Gilles Petersen favourite, their previous 2005 album Based on a True Story voted worldwide album of the year by Petersen’s BBC Radio 1 listeners. “Calling them a reggae group does not do justice to the range of genres they bring together, but ‘The Raft’ is a wonderful demonstration of their adventurous use of reggae studio techniques to deliver a song about survival through the challenges that lie ahead. Burning Spear would have been happy to sing with these horns behind him.”


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Lynley Dodd Reveals Secret of Hairy Maclary

Lynley Dodd Reveals Secret of Hairy Maclary

The influence of Jane Austen on Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy may not be immediately apparent, but it’s there. At least that’s what New Zealander Lynley Dodd said at the opening…