Graham Reid | | 2 min read
They began life as a studio project . . . but the Wellington collective that is Tomorrow People quickly became a proper band, and one which took their name from the Ziggy Marley song and are unashamedly purveyors of "sunshine reggae".
Which might just mean one-drop for barbecues in Aotearoa.
They are certainly firmly within a soulful, consciousness tradition as evidenced on their 2012 album One and their most recent One.5 EP (on which Tyna from Dubious Brothers guests).
So they have certainly earned their place at the upcoming Raggamuffin Festival (see poster) and the summershine grooves -- which also include nods to lover's rock alongside easy skanking and laidback songs - should set the mood for the day.
Time then for band member Avina Kelekolio aka A-Kel to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnairte . . .
The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .
The Nineties R&B era
Your first role models in music were . . .
Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, UB40, Michael Jackson
Lennon or Jagger, Bob Marley or Burning Spear, dancehall or raggamuffin, Michael Jackson or Jay-Z?
Lennon, Bob, Raggamuffin, Both Michael and Jay
If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
Whatever Donald Trump does
The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
If they were our songs, it would be Better Place, Feel Alright & Souljah Feeling
Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?
I’ve got my dad's old Toots and the Maytals LP record, that I managed to get signed by the band themselves!
The best book on reggae music or reggae musicians you have read is . . .
Haven’t read any to be honest… a lot of Wikipedia-ing though
If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Alive, it would be Ali Campbell… he basically sang my childhood.
The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Snatch, Usual Suspects, Anchorman
The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Last physical CD was Universal Love by Sons of Zion. Most recently downloaded album is ‘X’ by Ed Sheeran.
One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you would be . . .
Hmmm, don’t really understand this question. Lol
The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
I really liked MJ’s Dangerous album cover
You are allowed just one reggae box set, and it is . . .
UB40 Labour of Love
David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
Probably in Europe or the Caribbean somewhere, touring and holidaying
And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
Because we released 95% of the album as singles :)