Izania Live At Lock'n'load

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Izania is a Brisbane-based reggae band with over 30 years of musical experience between its members, who have just happened to released their debut LP - 'Cool Breeze'. It takes in ten tracks of soulful, roots reggae music very much in line with the likes of a lot of New Zealand bands such as House Of Shem or Sons Of Zion.

The band's name is derived from the Greek word “Azania” which refers to the south-eastern areas of Africa and more recently and particularly to the liberated South Africa, after it through of the shackles of the apartheid regime. Here it's forged into a portamanteau with the Rastafarian term “I”, which denotes equality. It has specific connections for the band's members: keyboardist Anton Gurira is from Zimbabwe and Sam Rizk was born in Senegal with bassist Phil Emmanuel raised in Tanzania.

With vocalist/guitarist Mike Hakaraia and drummer Wiremu Pihema both from New Zealand it’s hardly surprising reggae music is where Izania is at, the Carribean music has a common currency in both ends of the world. Oh and by the way Paul Banks is the Aussie component in the band, playing guitar: thinking globally, token locally.
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By: Lock'n'Load Bistro

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