The Rooftop Collective
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The Rooftop Collective

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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With a distinct New Zealand sound that reflects Aotearoa’s musical and geographical landscape, The Rooftop Collective are charging into the are charging into summer with a hot sound and warm vibe.

Revolving around lead-singer and songwriter Edward Waaka, the eight-piece consists of guitarists, horn players, keyboardists and drummers, who come together to create a sound that is truly unique. Technically and aesthetically pleasing, their music pays homage to a wide range of genres including soul, funk, reggae, dub, and electronica, while respecting subtle complexities that make the sound sophisticated, intelligent and emotive, helping the group to connect with their audience on many different levels.

In under a year the talented collective of musicians have already sparked the interest of crowds in the thousands. Producer and event manager of Native Noise 2010, Piripi Menary says that "One true shining star in amongst the day was our closing act, The Rooftop Collective, who gave us a splendour of musical fusion...with a vocal ability of Soul, Funk and Ragga to give us a fine blend of crisp Aotearoa music". The group stood out when playing alongside The Herbs, 1814, Cornerstone Roots, Three Houses Down and Six60 to over thirty-thousand on Waitangi Day.

Waaka has over five years experience as a solo musician, and is backed by seasoned musicians from Che Fu's The Krates, Queen City Big Band, Beats Botanical and Cold by Winter, who first collaborated during the early days of summer 2009.

The group met during an impromptu jam on an inner city rooftop when a neighbour heard them and broke out her saxophone on her balcony. They told her to head up and before they knew it, The Rooftop Collective were performing to their first audience who had followed the music up to the roof.

With the continual flow of new tracks, more studio recordings and a number of gigs lined up throughout the north island, including playing alongside luminaries the Opensouls at the Whitianga Scallop Festival, 2010 is geared up to be a busy year....