1814 (band)

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Origin Kerikeri, Northland Region, New Zealand
Genres Reggae, Roots reggae
Website www.1814.co.nz
Members Patu Colbert[1]
Darren Katene[1]
Jimmy Colbert[1]
Shaun Colbert[1]
Neihana Mackey-Harrison[1]
Kata Hira-Thompson [1]
Andrew Phillips [1]
Tim Cooper [1]

1814 is a reggae band from New Zealand.


The band began in 2004 as a three-piece act formed by Patu Colbert and his sons Shaun and Jimmy. Five other members joined the band over the next five years as the original members felt they needed more musicians to produce the sound they wanted.[2] The band's lead singer is Darren Katene.[3]

The name 1814 was taken from the year that missionary Samuel Marsden held the first sermon in the Bay of Islands.[2] The band have played alongside several Kiwi favourites including Ardijah, Katchafire, Cornerstone Roots, Unity Pacific, Che Fu, and Moana and the Tribe and many more[4]

Their first album, Jah Rydem, was released in 2008.[2] It was produced by Wiremu Karaitiana and recorded at the Muscle Music Studios in the north of New Zealand.[5] With positive reviews.[6] In 2011 The Covers Album was released in New Zealand by producer Hayden Taylor. Of Yorkstreet Recording Studios and mastered by Chris Winchcombe. It features a fresh 1814 spin on legendary artists from Johnny Cash, Ring of fire to UB40, Picture on the wall.

With natural changes to the Band Second album "Relax" was released the following year. A new feel and direction for the summer reggae sounds like "Sunshine,"written by saxophonist Chris Pierce and "Unite" cowritten and sung by Neihana Mackey Harrison and new addition female vocalist Kalani Marsters. The Relax album was produced and mastered by band founder Patu Colbert and producer Hayden Taylor at Yorkstreet Recording Studios in Auckland.



Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
2008 Jah Rydem
2011 Covers Album
2012 Relax


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