House of Shem hail from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and like many legendary reggae groups this band is built around the classic harmony trio format.
At the helm is Carl Perkins, a man with more than 30 years’ experience writing and playing reggae music. As a former member of Herbs, Mana and The Twelve Tribes Of Israel, among others, Carl’s musical credentials are impeccable.
Joining Carl are two of his sons, Te Omeka and Isaiah, who not only provide harmonies and play keyboards but are both lead vocalist and composers in their own right. It is this blood link and family bond that renders the sum of their combined voices as something really extraordinary. Each of the three has his own distinct songwriting style and voice, effectively giving the band three lead singers. The harmonies are sublime and the precision of their ensemble performance is phenomenal.
Credit must also go to the rhythm section – certainly one of the tightest you are likely to hear in the South Pacific. Drumming prodigy Kaya Webster comes from having played for the Twelve Tribes Of Israel from the age of eight years. Also from the Twelve Tribes Of Israel and Mana comes bass guitarist Francis Harawira. Rounding out the sound of the eight-piece powerhouse is the exceptionally gifted guitarist Roy Venkataraman, a seasoned veteran himself who toured and played with The Wailers band for a number of years.
The House of Shem live experience is an unforgettable occasion – a rare mixture of power and beauty. This band’s incredible tightness, heavenly harmonies, conscious lyrics and blend of traditional and contemporary reggae styles will leave you spellbound.
Enter the House on Friday at the Coolangatta Hotel.