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BLUE KING BROWN

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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"WORLDWIZE ALBUM REVIEW (4 STARS)"

Byron-bred blues 'n' roots stars unleash epic sophomore release -
Having won the nation's hearts with a no-holds-bared swagger that hollers substance over style, founding members Natalie Pa'apa and Carlo Santone reach for the sky on their two-disc follow-up to 2006's debut, Stand Up. The likes of "Say Peace", "Women's Revolution" and "Resist" keep the message firmly focused on humanitarian, eco-conscious issues - with Pa'apa sounding like a natural successor for Lauryn Hill's onetime girl-power crown. Soul-cum-reggae-drenched melodies tumble from the pores of this five-piece and, as they flip to a glorious, all-out dub fest on disc two, they're swept along by the rich, urban expertise of Sly and Robbie as producers (who also join the guest performer roster). Few local acts, bar John Butler, can deliver globally aware music of such precision, passion and skill. Better still, they're not done yet. As the title suggests, there's a "Part 2" promised for 2011. By then their star will most likely be shining very brightly overseas, so savour this moment with one of the nation's most refreshing voices. (4 STARS)
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
- ROLLING STONE


"BLUE KING BROWN GO GLOBAL"

After a successful launch of their debut album Stand Up, and sold out shows for the past six months nationally, Blue King Brown are going global…with a little help from technology, a fired up USA based management team and a lot of km’s on the road.

Blue King Brown drew a lucky card when their film clip for ‘Water’, made for $200, was featured on the front page of You Tube earlier this month, exposing the band to a massive international viewer ship. The You Tube exposure has resulted in alot of international interest, the timing could not have been better....

Blue King Brown have just returned from a tour of Japan where they have recently signed a record deal and released the Japanese edition of Stand up. BKB are building strong in Japan, kicked along by their critically acclaimed live shows, they return to Japan later in the year to perform at the famous SUMMERSONIC festival along side the likes of Gwen Stefani, Bloc Party, Black Eyed Peas + more. More international touring plans are brewing for what is set to be a big year for BKB.

In July they hit the stage in Sydney for Live Earth, which is expected to attract over two billion viewers worldwide. Joining Crowded House, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly and more to draw attention to the world’s widening environmental crisis.

“There is a movement that is taking place right now, it’s a global movement that has finally hit the mainstream. It's a realisation of the impacts of our everyday actions that we can so easily take for granted. It’s a reality check and it’s a positive step forward in so many ways. The more people involved in the movement the closer we are to bettering all of our lives now and for the future. We have been strong supporters of this cause for a long time and participating in an event like this is bringing more and more awareness to the issue.” says BKB member Carlo Santone.

Blue King Brown walk their talk; they are passionate about world issues and will also perform as part of the regional zero seven MAKE POVERTY HISTORY concerts in July, and have been invited to perform in celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Australia in June. In August the band will grace the stage at Byron Bay’s Splendour In The Grass festival, being ex-Byron locals they are looking forward to this one!
- PRESS RELEASE JUNE 07


Discography

WORLDWIZE PART 1 NORTH & SOUTH : AUG 2010
Women's Revolution - Feat Queen Ifrica
Never Fade Away
Moment Of Truth

DEBUT ALBUM 'STAND UP': OCT 2006
Features singles:
Water
Come and Check Your Head
Dont Let Go
Stand Up

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Bio

Hailed by Santana as “The voice of the street and the band of the future!” Blue King Brown, 2011 ARIA nominated artist, is Australia’s premier 8 piece live urban roots crew. Lead by the multi talented, relentless energy of Natalie Pa’apa’a; Powerful vocal & lyrical delivery’s meet a dancehall, roots, rock & afro groove mash-up built on an irrepressible percussive foundation.

Their power packed live show is second to none & now world renowned, they’ve played across the planet, through EUROPE, UK, CANADA, USA, & JAPAN rocking crowds from Tokyo to Texas and everywhere in between, Having shared stage and opened for the likes of SANTANA, DAMIAN MARLEY, JULIEN MARLEY, SPEARHEAD, JOHN BUTLER, THE CAT EMPIRE, LAURYN HILL to name a few.

Once again pushing genre boundaries and breaking new sonic grounds their new album saw them working alongside the Legendary Sly & Robbie, special Guests such as Queen Ifrica & Jah Mason, engineers such as James ‘Bonzai’ Caruso (Gwen Stefani, Nas, Damien Marley, Madonna) Colin ‘Bulby’ York from Kingston, Jamaica (Rihanna, Jimmy Cliff, Britney Spears, Madonna, Michael Franti, UB40) & Chris Macro (Scribe, Katchafire).

Do not miss any opportunity to see this band!

“A Blue King Brown concert hall is a shrine and a church of freedom. Fela Kuti would be proud of this band…” – Billy’s Bunker

“Natalie is a bright light in the world with a vision that extends beyond the stage and together with the rest of the band raise the roof off every show they play. I love em!!!” – Michael Franti (Spearhead)

“They are the voice of the street and the band of the future!” – Carlos Santana

“BKB are one of those unique truth-telling outfits in our business that defy time. Amazing musicians with a powerful message.” - Serj Tankian (System of a down)

“…One of the nation’s most refreshing voices.” – Rolling Stone

APPROVED VIDEO LINKS:

BKB Promo Reel:
http://youtu.be/GSrx26QFRJo

The March Feat Jah Mason
http://youtu.be/cmmPRILpy90

Women’s Revolution Feat Queen Ifrica:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gS-vWte0M8

Never Fade Away:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSVOV7xqTEQ

Social / Web links:

http://www.bluekingbrown.com
http://www.facebook.com/bluekingbrown
http://www.myspace.com/bluekingbrown
http://www.twitter.com/bluekingbrown
http://www.youtube.com/bluekingbrowntv