Reggae band Herbs hold a special place in the history of New Zealand pop music, mixing feel-good rhythms with burning social and environmental issues. The original line-up consisted of five musicians from across the Pacific. Their string of hits in the 80s and 90s helped Aotearoa forge a new Pacific identity. For this documentary director Tearepa Kahi (Poi E: The Story of Our Song, Mt Zion) captures the band's reunion, and interviews key members about the protest movement that lit a fire under the group, their chart topping success, and famous collaborations.
It's one thing to hold a placard, chant and march against a dragon. It's another to pick up a red guitar and slay the dragon with reggae, and that's Herbs.– Producer Reikura Kahi on Herbs and the power of their music, The NZ Herald, 17 June 2019
Boot Hill Films
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 15 August 2019
World premiere on 3 August 2019 at Auckland's Civic Theatre, as part of the NZ International Film Festival