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by Brittany Yap, associate editor

According to its Web site, Katchafire is an eight-member reggae band from New Zealand. Its music is uplifting and celebratory, and its audience is cross cultural and cross generational.

The concert kicked off at 6 p.m. and Katchafire was the final band in the line up. As the clock neared 9 p.m., the crowd screamed in anticipation as Katchafire was announced. Under the full moon, many swayed or skanked to the reggae rhythms, but few left the concert fully satisfied at Katchafire ’s very first performance in Hawai‘i.

“ I liked that they did their signature song, “Who You With,” said HPU senior, Fetia Solomon. “But I wish the music had been louder and [that] they played longer. It was mediocre.”

One avid but skeptical Katchafire fan wondered aloud if the band’s regular lead singer was even at the concert, and he said that the band didn’t sound in unison. “They didn’t sound as good as their CD,” said HPU senior, Keoki Downes. “I’m glad I didn’t pay to get in. It was over so fast.”

The night ended with the crowd holding hands and singing “Hawai‘i Aloha.”


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