Sunday, February 05, 2012

Way of the Dragon Spirit

Long Shen Dao ("Way of the Dragon Spirit") are a reggae band from Beijing, China. Their sound also takes in hiphop, ska and dub.

They are in New Zealand to play at the annual Lantern Festival in Auckland's Albert Park. They have played every night of the Festival, and they are on tonight at 9.40pm, followed by closing night fireworks.

I saw them last night, very cool use of traditional chinese instrumentation mixed in with reggae. They even do a Bob Marley cover! The singer talked to the crowd in Chinese, then told us in English "This our first time in New Zealand. We very happy!". He asked us to stand up and dance please. And everyone did. It was very cool.

They are playing on Waitiangi Day alongside Katchafire, David Dallas, Ardijah, Maisey Rika, Bella Kalolo, Sons of Zion and Foundation at Family Day. Out at Barry Curtis Park, Chapel Rd, Flat Bush, South Auckland (free). And they're playing in Wellington with support from DJ Art Official on Tuesday 7 Feb at San Francisco Bathhouse.

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