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Sticks and Shanty

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Sticks & Shanty were a nine-piece, whanau based, reggae band that released two albums; 1987’s ‘Jah Magic’ and ‘Philistines’ from 1988.

Of “Jah Magic” the NZ Herald said “The title track and “Row Papa Row” are warm catchy songs …..
fine vehicles for the band’s strong vocals”. The Daily Telegraph’s music writer described “Jah Magic” as “Optimistic and catchy reggae …. the title track oozes instant appeal and the album carries the trademark of large reggae bands -great harmonies”

‘Rip It Up’ reported in 1988 that “The message is clear and the music is good with many tracks (on “Philistines”) deserving radio airplay. The songs are well written and the production is of good quality.


Live in 1987…

Cover sourced from Amplifier. Used with permission.

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