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"Blue King Brown is my favourite band right now. They embody everything I love in music from Ozomatli, African bands, Tower of Power to Santana. They are the voice of the street and the band of the future!" - Carlos Santana

"I am always inspired by BKB's funky, high energy, socially conscious music. Natalie is a bright light in the world with a vision that extends beyond the stage and together with the rest of the band raise the roof off every show they play. I love em!!!" - Michael Franti (Spearhead)

"BKB are one of those unique truth-telling outfits in our business that defy time. Amazing musicians with a powerful message. What a concept, huh?" - Serj Tankian

Australia's Premier hard hitting Live Urban Roots crew Blue King Brown are currently working on their 2nd album, set to drop in 2009, they have been travelling worldwide from Melbourne to Kingston Jamaica, New York to San Francisco & Aoteoroa New Zealand, working with the likes of Sly and Robbie, Jah Mason, Rovleta Fraser and renowned engineer BONZAI (know for his work with Damian & Stephen Marley amongst many others). Working in studios from Melbourne’s SING SING to Kingston’s Anchor studios & Bob Marley’s legendary TUFF GONG studios creating what is destined to be a rock solid album from the group who's presence in the scene keeps going from Strength to Strength.

They have been taking some time off the road since their tours early in the year from the Big Day Out, to a sold out National tour with the Cat Empire, and right before heading into the studio they completed an Australian / NZ tour supporting the legendary SANTANA, the respect and bond made between the two groups was instant, the tour was a massive success and a career highlight for Blue King Brown.

BKB are set to hit the road again, rockin’ national and international festivals and venues with new material and a fresh inspired energy. With tours of Japan, Noumea, Canada, and the USA also in the bag for 2008, the worldwide revolution continues for simply one of the best groups to come out of Australia in a long time.
some of the facts....

Urban Roots

BKB backed up their first EP release with a tough debut album titled ‘STAND UP’, independently released in October 2006 through their own label, ROOTS LEVEL RECORDS and in Japan through VILLAGE AGAIN/SIDEOUT. The album has received mass critical acclaim with ‘come and check your head’, the first single off the album hitting hard!

Singles - Water, Come and Check your head, Stand Up, Don’t let go
High rotation on JJJ
‘Come and check your head’ made JJJ’s hottest 100 list for 2006.
BKB’s debut album STAND UP was a Feature Album on Triple J and also received a J Award Nomination 2006 – Triple J’s Australian Album of the year.
Along with national radio, the album has been a staple on country wide community stations. With 3 single releases all gaining solid airplay.

BIG DAY OUT (2008)
Live Earth 2007
East Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007(Australia)
West Coast Blues & Roots festival 2006, 2007 (Australia)
Reggae Town 2007
Womadelaide 2007 (Australia)
Falls festival 2006 (Australia)
Southbound 2007(Australia)
Homebake 2007(Australia)
Woodford folk fest 2005 2006 2007(Australia)
JJJ AWOL SERIES 2007(Australia)
Summer Sonic 2007(Japan)
Green Room festival 2006 2007 (Japan)
Fiji’s World Music Festival 2006 (Fiji)
just to name a few…


“The revolution will be televised, dance-hall style.” - Tsunami Magazine

“Never has a lesson/protest song been so infectiously delivered.” - The Drum Media.

“It was almost as if the whole building itself was grooving to their entrancing beats and inspiring lyrics. Blue King Brown provided what they do best, transporting listeners into another world…” -

“Blue King Brown are people magnets. Within seconds of walking on stage there was a rush to the dance floor. It was a frantic night of dancing and a solid performance from a band whose star is forever rising higher.” - Tsunami

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Damian “Jr Gong” Marley
John Butler Trio
The Cat Empire
Cody Chesnutt
Amongst others…

Dedicated to the movement, Hard hitting lyrics and groove, socially aware and active, Blue King Brown is a band that walks their talk on many social issues and are known for actively speaking out.

Natalie Pa'apa'a – Vocals, Guitar
Carlo Santone – Bass
Salvador Persico – Percussion
Pete Wilkins – Drums
Sam Cope – Keyboards
Hailey Cramer – Backing Vocals
Ngaiire - Backing Vocals

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Promo Video

Stand Up