Hailing from Kirikiriroa in Aotearoa (Hamilton in New Zealand) KATCHAFIRE have become a global roots reggae phenomenon with the all-Maori band bringing their pure classic sound to music lovers worldwide delivering one of the most authentic Reggae shows around.
With six successful albums, multiple awards, platinum sales, hit singles, and a massive fanbase selling out shows around the world, 2023 sees KATCHAFIRE continue to expand and tour all across the globe again.
Their sound is built on the foundations of classic roots reggae with an R’n’B and funk rub, fusing modern dancehall and with catchy pop, infectious grooves and uplifting vibes.
Built on a family movement, it all started when lead guitarist Grenville Bell, father of lead singer Logan Bell & drummer Jordan Bell, moved into an apartment building in town with his then teenage sons where they could make music all night, and the rest is history...
After countless jams and sold-out concerts, they swelled to an 8-piece collective of multi-talented songwriters and musicians and became a staple on Pacific Roots scenes around the world.
KATCHAFIRE’s popularity and critical acclaim has seen them share the stage with artists from Damien Marley, Steel Pulse, UB40, The Wailers, to Michael Franti and Spearhead and many more. They've garnered respect from the likes of Don Letts (acclaimed documentary maker and Clash tour DJ), music journalist David Katz, and have been championed on the airwaves by radio legends such as Steve Barker (BBC), Charlie Gillet (BBC) and David Rodigan (Kiss FM and others) to name a few. Through the height of the Covid19 pandemic KATCHAFIRE spent time in Aotearoa studios recording new music and now look forward to their first overseas shows since the pandemic began. Katchafire have long been prolific international tourers and 2021 was the first year the band did not tour overseas in over eighteen years.
Not resting on their laurels whilst international borders were closed, Katchafire released two new singles “Circle Back” and “Whaingaroa” as well as re-releasing their “100” single from the Legacy album in Te Reo (M ā ori language) as part of the Waiata / Anthems documentary series –
“Karawhiua”. They released their latest single “Always With You” at the end of 2022. Last year saw the band finally ‘back on the road again’ with tours to Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, South America & Bali and in 2023 the band are only looking to continue!.
There is no stopping the ‘Fire!!
"And as I sit here with my Bose headphones wrapped around my head there’s a party going off between my ears as this amazing band from “The Land Of The Great White Cloud” rocks steady and I wonder if the majestic islands nick-name refers to a weather occurrence or the fact they must have some realy irie Kaya down under. Somewhere Bob Marley is bobbing his natty dread head up and down dancing to “Legacy” stoked on the riddim’s he has inspired his spawn like Katchafire to bring forth to the world." Eastern Surf Magazine, USA
"the musicianship and stunning playing on this album are so superb. Years of touring have pushed this band beyond a simple party crew elevating them to the highest level. Every song on this album is an instant classic. This band is and will continue to be revered taonga." 13th FLOOR Magazine, New Zealand
"In LEGACY, Katchafire manages to combine a wealth of influences into something unexpectedly singular, making the album a wonderful discovery while challenging expectations within the songs themselves, which will impress longtime fans or first-time listeners." Top Shelf Reggae, USA
"What I love about the fifth KATCHAFIRE album LEGACY is that whilst sticking heavily to their reggae roots they also
seamlessly blend genres like RnB, Jazz, Pop-rock, Big-Band, disco, funk and Soul throughout only 12-tracks.
This album showcases how incredibly versatile these guys are and I can only imagine what a live show would be like......" Amnplify Mag, Australia
“The band has matured into one of the most cherished, original live reggae bands in the world.”
THE BRAG (Australia)
“They were smiling and dancing on stage in such purity that you couldn’t help but move your body. Everywhere I looked people were dancing… it was impossible not to get pulled into the jams.” SHOWSIGOTO.COM (USA)
“Katchafire just keep coming up with goods. Their songwriting ability over the years has become second-to-none and time has allowed them to develop older songs to a point of perfection.” ARTSHUB (Australia)
“The crowd reaction indicated that almost every song played was a crowd favourite in itself.”
“The band's energy was consistently through the roof, making it impossible not to get lost in the music. They had everyone in the room skanking to the riddims (or at the very least, bobbing their head to the beat).”