Trinity Roots

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TrinityRoots (formerly Trinity) are the band most identified with the rise of the divisively dubbed Aotearoa Roots music movement of the early 2000s. Rooted in Bob Marley-era reggae, their vocal harmony and guitar heavy songs cribbed influences from the more socially introspective side of classic soul music, progressive jazz, and the deep psychedelia of 70s rock. (By Martyn Pepperell) Read moreProfile from Audioculture, available under a Attribution Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence

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  • View on NZ On Screen TrinityRoots

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Eclectic trio TrinityRoots forged a reputation as an unmissable live act, with Warren Maxwell (Arts Laureate, frontman for Little Bushman) leading the surge towards rapture. The band mined reggae, soul, jazz and rock to create their own distinctive feel. The sound was first captured on an EP and two albums of indigenous downbeat classics: 2001's True and 2004's Home, Land and Sea, and in the epic farewell performance promo for 'Home, Land and Sea' from 2005. "From the tail of the fish..." Trinity Roots reformed in 2010 for further albums; original percussionist Riki Gooch departed the following year. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Making Music - Warren Maxwell

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Arts/Culture ; Short Film

    "TrinityRoots' vocalist and songwriter Warren Maxwell talks about his career and songwriting in this episode from a series for secondary school music students. Maxwell explains the genesis of the Wellington roots/reggae act's classic 'Little Things' (and the making of its music video); he performs a stripped back excerpt from the song. Maxwell also recalls the problems the band encountered in recording their first album and previews a new work, 'Angel Song' (which later appeared on TrinityRoots' second album Home, Land and Sea).  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Little Things

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Dub ; Music Video

    "This (mostly) black and white video stars late great actor Wi Kuki Kaa (Ngāti, Utu). The concept is simple but impactful: a close-up on Kaa's eye leads the viewer in and out of a series of memories. In combination with Kaa's performance — seated on a veranda, as family activities take place around him — Chris Graham's video works superbly to convey the essence of the song. The cinematography is by Adam Clark (Boy, the Oscar-nominated Two Cars, One Night). Julian Arahanga (Broken English) appears among the moving celebration of whānau and community." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Home, Land and Sea

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Soul ; Music Video

    "Director Chris Graham planned an ambitious video for this song, but budget and scheduling got in the way. When Graham heard TrinityRoots were disbanding, he pitched the idea of a live video at their farewell concert in the Wellington Town Hall. Mixing in footage of land and sea, the result honours one of their anthems and captures a glimpse of the original line-up in their soulful, impassioned element. TrinityRoots regrouped in 2010, but this video preserves the final moments of their first incarnation; when their one waka was turning into three." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Ria Hall

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Bilingual Māori singer Ria Hall (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Waikato) was born in Tauranga and has a background in kapa haka. She fronted reggae band Hope Road and has been a live backing vocalist for Hollie Smith and Trinity Roots. Hall describes her own music as "roots/neo-soul". She sang the Rugby World Cup anthem at the 2011 opening ceremony; the following year her self-titled album was named album of the year at the NZ Music Awards. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Living Room - Series One, Episode Five

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Magazine ; Music ; Arts/Culture ; Television

    "This episode from The Living Room is presented by Wellington band Trinity Roots. First stop is a dans paleis, where competitors (including Fat Freddys' DJ Mu) tweak samples in a battle for the MPC heavyweight title. Then Dunedin artist Phil Frost tours his studio, talks skulls and bones and skate video Tulgonia Two (where broken ankles are the price of filming mad tricks). Poet Cameron Hockly takes his words to Te Awamutu's streets; and mainlander Peter King lathe cuts bespoke records for clients from the Beastie Boys to Trinity Roots (whose True LP is cut here).  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Pā Boys

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Drama ; Te Reo ; Music ; Māori ; Film

    ""It is about 'life, death and fu*king good music'" runs the tagline to this movie, which follows a Wellington band playing East Coast and Northland pubs, as they head for Cape Reinga. On the road to Te Rerenga Wairua the boys go on a roots journey that is both musical (the cast includes singer Francis Kora, with songs by Trinity Roots' Warren Maxwell) and personal (mateship, whānau, whakapapa). The debut from writer/director Himiona Grace was co-produced by Ainsley Gardiner (Boy) and Mina Mathieson (Warbrick). It was released in NZ cinemas in February 2014." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Gravy - Series Three, Episode One (Little Bushmen vs Auckland Philharmonia)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Arts/Culture ; Television

    "This episode of the Sticky Pictures’ arts show covers a 13 July 2008 concert that combined the musical talents of the Little Bushman with composer John Psathas and the Auckland Philharmonia. Trinity Roots alumnus Warren Maxwell is the frontman for Little Bushman and is a behind-the-scenes guide as they prepare their trademark psychedelic blues for Psathas (Olympics 2004 opening ceremony score composer) to wrangle for orchestral collaboration. Philharmonia met harmonica in one-off gig at Auckland Town Hall. The doco was directed by Mark Albiston." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Age Pryor

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Age Pryor is a Wellington-based multi-instrumentalist known for his association with creative collective Fly My Pretties, and for his own solo work. Pryor's recordings include collaborations with Wellington musical luminaries from Fat Freddys Drop, Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds and Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra. His musical style blends folk, groove, funk, rock and reggae." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Clav Dub

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Dub ; Music Video

    "Wellington dub/roots act Rhombus won fans with this video for the brassy, bouncy, self referential first single from their debut album ‘Bass Player’. Director Chris Graham pays fulsome tribute to classic road movie Goodbye Pork Pie (complete with cameo from the film’s star, original 'Blondini' Kelly Johnson). There are also appearances from a number of Wellington musical heavyweights, including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Trinity Roots (with a snatch of ‘Little Things’) and MC Rizzla, also known as Tiki Taane (who features on the original track)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Best of Me

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Soul ; Reggae ; Music Video

    "On this song from her debut EP, bilingual Wellington singer/songwriter Ria Hall marries her respect for tradition and her use of te reo and kapa haka to the very contemporary beats of producer Riki Gooch (Eru Dangerspiel, Trinity Roots). This mix of old and new is echoed in director Jessica Sanderson's video. It casts Hall as four characters drawn from mythology to ward off the evil of Babylon and is set against a strikingly modern dreamscape of video effects, imagery and lighting. It won Best Video by a Māori Artist at the 2012 Māori Music Awards." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Living Room - Series One (excerpts)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Magazine ; Arts/Culture ; Lifestyle ; Television

    "A magazine show with an edge, The Living Room did for arts television production what Radio With Pictures did for NZ music — it ripped open the venetian blinds, rearranged the plastic-covered cushions, and shone the sun on Aotearoa’s homegrown creative culture. Often letting the subjects film and present their own stories, it was produced for three series by Wellington’s Sticky Pictures, who also made follow-up arts showcase The Gravy. These excerpts from the first series show a calvacade of local talent, including an early Flight of the Conchords screen outing." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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