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Radio with Pictures - 1985 reggae special

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1985

This Radio With Pictures special captures a mid-winter reggae gig at Victoria University's Union Hall, back in July 1985. Band Aotearoa are up first with a passionate rendition of their anthem 'Maranga Ake Ai'. Porirua's Dread, Beat & Blood give a shoutout to Ruatoria before their song 'Waitangi'. Headliners Herbs steal the night; Keyboardist Tama Lundon croons the tune 'Always on My Mind', drummer Fred Faleauto takes lead vocal on 'We're Crazy Man' and Willie Hona brings his guitar licks and vocal magic to crowd favourite 'Nuclear Waste'. The following year, the three bands would join Ardijah's national tour.

It’s the softest of sells, a political theme achieved through musical hypnosis. And since the last time I saw Herbs, the message has been brought home: “We’re fighting for land at Ōrākei / We’re fighting for land in Northland / We’re fighting for power in parliament ...”
– Chris Bourke reviews Herbs on tour in 1985, Rip It Up (via AudioCulture)

Key Cast & Crew

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Chris Canton


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Brent Hansen


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Karen Hay


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Peter Metcalf


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Irene Gardiner

Production Team

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Graeme Simpson

Production Team

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