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Kiwi band anxious

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, May 01, 2014

NEW ZEALAND band Black Sand Diva is anxious about its performance today given it does not know what to expect from the public at the International Jazz & Blues Festival.

However, according to lead vocalist Cat Tunks, this is what makes it more interesting and exciting.

"It's always good playing in front of a new audience that has never seen us before," Ms Tunks said.

"I don't know how the people will respond to us, I've no idea. But we call our music groove — a mix of jazz, blues, funk, rock and reggae. If you like reggae you will like us, we are probably the most reggae-leaning band out of all of them."

The group consists of Ms Tunks (also a songwriter), guitarist Damien Hauwai, Jason Orme on drums, bass player Aaron Coddel and Kiri Maree Kainamu Wheeler at the keyboard.

They have been together for five years and have produced two albums. The second album Chameleon was nominated for the Best RnB Soul album in last year's Waiata Maori Music Awards.

"We all met because we studied jazz at university but we don't really play jazz, we play reggae and funk and soul. Because we learnt jazz, there is a little bit of jazziness in between and that's what's so unique because a lot of the music is written by us, it's original music."

They will perform at the Royal Suva Yacht Club from 7.45pm to 8.30pm today.








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