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Herbs Songs of Freedom

Documentary 1h 31m 2019

A passionate celebration of the iconic NZ band Herbs, from the director of POI E. More a social movement than a band, and at one time boasting up to 23 members of Maori, Pakeha and Pasifika descent, their story interweaves key moments in the social and political history of NZ with plenty of rousing music.

The founders of Pacific reggae, the group had 10 Top 20 singles, and recorded hits with fellow Kiwi legends Dave Dobbyn (‘Slice of Heaven’) and Tim Finn (‘Parihaka’). Though infectiously upbeat, Herbs’ music was always politically conscious (1980 hit ‘French Letter’ became the sound of NZ’s anti-nuclear stance). Herbs featured three vocalists - Dilworth Karaka, Willie Hona, and the late Charlie Tumahai. In 2008, the band reconvened for 30th anniversary compilation Lights Of The Pacific: The Very Best Of Herbs.

“A rousing celebration of Pacific reggae legends Herbs, the band’s members and its action as an inspiring musical front for social rights and harmony.” ~ NZIFF.


Tearepa Kahi




New Zealand

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