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Elsewhere has long gone into bat for the reggae gifts of Katchafire who walk a canny line between righteous roots and pop-reggae without ever standing too close to the barbecue.

They have toured New Zealand and internationally very extensively, are crowd pleasers wherever they go and bring people together in the spirit of Bob Marley's One Love.

And they have been doing this for two decades and across five studio albums so far . . . with a new one on the way.

Upfront right from the start has been Logan Bell and with the confirmation they will be playing the Soundsplash Festival in Raglan in January next year we are pleased to have him answer our specific Reggae Questionnaire . . .

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

Dad's records . Everything from Songs of the Wind by Santana to Incognito 100 and Rising ...

Your first role models in music were . . .

Jimi, Bob, Dad ,

Lennon or Jagger, Bob Marley or Burning Spear, dancehall or raggamuffin, Michael Jackson or Jay-Z?

Lennon, Bob, Reggae mugin, Michael

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

hmmm race car driver, pro rugby league player . Maybe acting

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

Indigenous life by Fiji, Ire by me/Katchafire Royal Blue by Ladi6

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?

I have rare stems of Bob Marley studio session that not many people have from Roger ...

The best book on reggae music or reggae musicians you have read is . . .

The book Catch A Fire, I forgot by who

460katchafire_lion_4colIf you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

Ummm shit that a a lot of pressure .... Bob, Waiting in Vain

The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

Rabbit Proof Fence, Moana, Joy

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)

Stony Hill by Damien Marley, Chronology by Chronixx

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you would be . . .

Jah Glory by Third World

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .


You are allowed just one reggae box set, and it is . . . David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing?

Probably recording and hanging with my family

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

Because it is the culmination of 20 yrs of writing, touring and spreading our good message to the world. We have been working on this for the last seven years . And are very proud to bring you our sixth studio album.


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