Keeping faith and reggae
Music fans will get to hear reggae with a spiritual message at tomorrow’s Grey Lynn Park Festival.
Sandr ingham- based band Solomonix will take to the main stage in the afternoon for its first festival performance.
Instrumentalist and producer Will “Willi the Kid” Brown, also known in local music circles as Iron Will, says the band will make the most of the opportunity and play a one hour set of its reggae sound.
Although the band has only played a few gigs, he says audience reaction to date has been strong.
“We’ve had a lot of really strong, positive feedback.”
Solomonix has about 20 members involved in its music and production but its new album Benediction, which it hopes to release next year, is the work of four members.
Main vocalist Sol Heke started the band in 2000 when he was living in the Bay of Plenty.
He was working as a farmer but when the mother of his children passed away, he turned to music and his faith.
When the original five band members went their separate ways, Sol kept the name and moved to Auckland where the musicians he met encouraged him to continue with his music.
“Most of the three years I’ve been here I’ve had nothing, just me and my two children.”
Then he met Will and they created the foundation of the current band.
Along with music, tomorrow’s festival also features art, craft, multicultural food and dance.
There will be a gypsy village, rides and an Eco Space where people can be introduced to local garden communities and sustainable activities.
A Machine Park for steam engine enthusiasts will also be a feature, and local schools and community groups will perform on the Whanau Stage.
The festival runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Small donations are sought to support the festival and its 25th anniversary next year. Secure parking is available at Grey Lynn School on Surrey Cres.
Spiritual reggae: Solomonix members, from left: Patsy Chan, Will Brown and Sol Heke.