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Henry Wagons in session

Lead-singer and founding member of Melbourne based country-outlaws Wagons sings us a couple of songs in a hot and steamy dressing room just before his band take to the stage at The Kings Arms in Newton, Auckland. One of the tracks has never been performed before, though they have begun recording a new album with Bad Seeds guitarist Mick Harvey producing.

Yaw Boateng

Yaw Boateng of Zoh-Zoh

Accra is the hometown of a local fuser of Nigerian and Ghanaian sounds Yaw Boateng. He’s just returned from the capital and for Yaw it’s brought into focus the major difference between his home for the past 11 years, Auckland and his old stomping ground in Ghana, The issue is the lack of proper sanitation. He’s recorded a new song with his band Zoh-Zoh to highlight a problem that makes most turn up their nose.

Julien Dyne

Drumming for Ladi6, @peace and Opensouls has given Julien Dyne a brilliant grounding in funk, but his solo material is an exercise in aural collage. He’s just released his fourth solo album, December, with cameos from Brent Park, Mara TK and She’s So Rad. Fellow drummer and beat-maker Riki Gooch joined Dyne to ask him about his creative approach.

The Roots Foundation

This is the influential Sound-System that spread the reggae gospel throughout Wellington and New Zealand for the past 20 years. Taking their cue from the bass-heavy bins of Jamaican and London DJS, the loose collective expanded on their burgeoning reggae repertoire, offering a new take on an established sound and in the process inspiring some of the capital's most memorable parties. Almost on the eve of their 21st birthday celebrations DJ’s Lemon, Koa, Goosebump and Fat Freddy’s Drop originator DJ Mu dropped by the Radio New Zealand studios for a roundtable reminisce.