Since 2009, internationally renowned Queensland roots-reggae aficionados Kingfisha have built a rock-solid following delivering world-class dub reggae. Sultry, expert, and undeniably infectious, the Kingfisha sound highlights heavy and deep all-encompassing rhythms with the feather-light touch and perfect soul vocal that has built them an impeccable reputation as bass-heavy roof-raisers.
Within two years of forming, and following their EP Promises, Kingfisha were slaying crowds at the legendary Bluesfest with an exultant set that inspired the huge audience to raise a dance-sweat on the hallowed festival ground.
Going on to record the powerful, soulful and understated Kingfisha – described as “unique as a fingerprint” by Scenestr and “completely fresh” by Rip It Up – the band were invited to showcase at preeminent international showcases BigSound before the celebrated 2013 album release, landing a coveted show at AWME in Melbourne, shortly after.
Upon release, charting nationally across community radio, with a swag of ‘Feature Albums’, triple j rotation and an Unearthed Roots win, a Queensland Music Award, and three stellar tours, it’s safe to say the self-titled album – gorgeous vocals, exceptional musicianship and even better songs – had hit the mark.
Not surprisingly, Kingfisha were well received on their first New Zealand tour, returning home to play Island Vibe Festival, Rainbow Serpent Festival, and IOMMA [Indian Ocean Music Expo on Reunion Island]. Festival appearances like these became Kingfisha’s natural habitat, and were added to an illustrious list including Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Womadelaide, The Big Chill Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Wide Open Spaces Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, The Kuranda Roots Festival, Shine On Festival and the inaugural Newstead Roots Festival.