The Kumpnee

The Kumpnee

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandHip HopR&B

Not your typical Aussie hip hop group, our sound is unique. Think Outkast thrown into a cauldron mixed with a dash of Gnarls Barkley and a sprinkle of The Black Eyed Peas.


The Kumpnee are 5 piece live band with an unpredictable blend of urban funk, soulful harmony and hip hop, combining electro synth, live instrumentation and a raw feel to split genres and form a new sound. Not your typical hip hop band.

This Sydney based New Zealand group consists of core members – Ronnie Lavender (vocals, keys), Josh Gage (Vocals) Gino Hawkins (keys, vocals), Huia Ratapu (Bass) and Stevie Taylor (Drums).

The Kumpnee bring their confidence to the stage with high-energy performances at all their shows. They draw on experience at large festivals including the Ngati Awa Te Toki 2010 Festival, NZ Hip Hop Summit, Bring it On, Roc The Blok and The Burbs along with club gigs like On the Real and Stars of Night & One Community.

With the stage presence, audience participation and lyrical flow of front men MC’s Ronnie and Josh, backed by live instruments and tight vocal arrangements, The Kumpnee always get the crowd rocking!

Their self funded debut album 'The Kumpnee Ball' was released in February '11 and is distributed through Green Distribution (MGM Australia). They are also secured a publishing deal with boutique agency Centrifuge Publishing.

Having varied background's the members of The Kumpnee found music as a way to escape and express themselves. Often the lyrics of their songs reflect their life experiences. It's this experience that draws the listener in as they are able to relate to what is being rapped / sung. What you see is what you get with The Kumpnee.


'The Kumpnee Ball' album released Feb 2011

Released 14 track EP in 2008.

Songs 'Grimy Pirate' and 'That Girl' airing on Channel V and Rage.

Set List

1. Intro
2. Live By the Rules
3. Under a Spell
4. Liar
5. Tight Jeans
6. No One Special
7. Cookie Jar
8. She Don't Love Me
9. It Doesn't Matter
10. The Kumpnee Ball