Hailed by Santana as “The voice of the street and the band of the future!” Blue King Brown, ARIA nominated artist, is Australia’s premier live urban roots & reggae powerhouse. Their cross generational groove and socially conscious sound is led by the multi-talented, relentless energy of Nattali Rize. Powerful vocal & lyrical deliveries meet a roots, rock & afro groove mash-up built on an irrepressible percussive foundation, cementing their highly regarded live reputation.
“A force of nature onstage” – ABC 774, Nov 2014.
“If you ever get the chance to check them out, do it! You will be glad you did and you will leave the show feeling like you were just part of something unimaginably great.” – VanMusic
“Nattali is a bright light in the world with a vision that extends beyond the stage and together with the rest of the band raise the roof off every show they play. I love em!!!” – Michael Franti (Spearhead)
Their epic third studio album, Born Free, was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studio, and Melbourne Australia at Sing Sing & BKB HQ. Their uplifting first single “Rize Up” dropped in 2013 with an accompanying tour through Japan, Europe and North America, including appearances at Glastonbury (UK), Montreal Jazz Festival (CAN), Reggae On the River (USA) & Ostroda Reggae Festival(EU). Their second single All Nations has been shortlisted for APRA Song of the Year. It was released October 2014, and quickly added to rotation on Triple J and radio across Australia prior to the full album dropping on November 7th 2014 which has received high praise:
“This is a master class in rebel music.” – Mojo Junction
“These reggae-pop superstars are reuniting with the world to produce something pretty special.” – The Music
“Informed & Urgent…you have a voice and the right to that voice… And that bears repeating.” – SMH-SPECTRUM /The Age
“The dawning of a new era in the world of Blue King Brown.” – The West Australian
“Downright militant!” – United Reggae
“Mastery of lyrical rebellion” – Rip It Up
“Blue King Brown’s ‘Born Free’ is a powerful sonic experience” – Reggaemani
The production team on the new album includes Notis (Kingston, Jamaica), Mista Savona (Australia), Styalz Fuego (2012 Aria Producer of the Year), Chris Macro (New Zealand, Macro Dubplates, Scribe / Katchafire) and multi-Grammy Award winning mix engineer James ‘Bonzai’ Caruso (Damian Marley / Stephen Marley, Gwen Stefani and many more). Always breaking new sonic ground, the new album features a host of varied global collaborations.
A heavyweight festival favourite, their power packed live show is second to none & now world renowned, they’ve played across the planet at major events through Europe, UK, Canada, USA, & Japan rocking crowds from Tokyo to Texas and everywhere in between, also having shared stages with the likes of Santana, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Spearhead, John Butler and Lauryn Hill to name a few.
Do not miss any opportunity to see this band!
Fela Kuti would be proud of this band…” – Billy’s Bunker
“They are the voice of the street and the band of the future!” – Carlos Santana
“BKB are one of those unique truth-telling outfits in our business that defy time. Amazing musicians with a powerful message.” – Serj Tankian, System of a Down
“…One of the nation’s most refreshing voices.” – Rolling Stone