Roots and culture

Reggae groups The Black Seeds and Katchafire recently played at Whistler’s Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC) as part of a two-day New Zealand showcase. Both Wellington-based bands are among the most celebrated reggae acts in the world and household names in New Zealand. And one thing’s for sure: New Zealanders love their reggae, particularly over the past 1 years with Katchafire and the Black Seed at the forefront of the revival. The showcase’s promoter Reggie Tika chased The Black Seeds and Katchafire for four years, trying to get them on the same bill. “They truly represent New Zealand,” Tika said. “The way of the people, the way they go about their lives and in their attitude.” The Black Seeds and Katchafire continue to tour the US throughout July, with the former travelling to Europe in August.


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Fiac Art Fair’s Jennifer Flay on Challenges Ahead

Fiac Art Fair’s Jennifer Flay on Challenges Ahead

New Zealand-born Jennifer Flay, the director of Fiac (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain), insists that France’s most important modern and contemporary art fair can weather future storms, Gareth Harris reports for the…