UPBEAT REGGAE WITH A SOUL, FUNK AND ROCKY EDGE
At its core, ZAIA’s music is inspired by roots reggae and dub both old and new, with influences ranging from Capleton, Gregory Issacs and King Tubby to Gentleman, Chronixx and Protoje. In the song writing process the band's members also draw on their diverse musical backgrounds, incorporating the sounds of Celtic folk, rock, soul, gospel and even drum ‘n’ bass into their own unique brand of dub reggae dance music. The resulting sound has been described as “a real sun-kissed groove, awash with sparkling brass flourishes and cavernous basslines, but with a deep melodic soulfulness at its heart.”
“...super special. As soon as I heard it I thought 'yeah, getting that on the show!”
— David Rodigan, MBE , BBC Radio 1Xtra
ZAIA was formed in late 2013, with some of its members coming from a previous experimental dub outfit. Initially starting out as an instrumental reggae dance act with guest vocalists, the band finally found the perfect voice for their sound in 2014 when they met their singer Amy MacKown.
“…a phenomenally slick reggae band…”
- Nightshift Magazine
2018 looks to be an exciting year for the band who are playing numerous shows and festivals around the UK and Europe. ZAIA aim to play to larger audiences across the UK and beyond as the years go by and their following grows.
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