Style: Reggae / Soul / Roots
Members: Paul Wickman,
From: Petone, Aotearoa
- Hikoikoi are an original 3 piece reggae-soul-roots group based in Petone, whose sound is currently spreading through the hearts and minds of Aotearoa.
- Hikoikoi’s unique combination of roots fuelled reggae, dramatic soul flavoured vocals with just a hint of Jazz, gives their live shows high energy, delivered with powerful conscious messages.
- Their long awaited debut album features Hikoikoi’s signature driving vocals and righteous keys which have seen them become favourites at music festivals over the past 3 years.
- The album was self-recorded over three years at Sound Reserve Aotearoa, a recording studio the band has set up themselves, using analogue equipment and old school instruments. Much of it took place from an isolated boatshed in Petone’s Hikoikoi Reserve, on the shores of the Heretaunga River.
- The band takes their name from this magic spot, after many late nights song writing and recording whilst watching the water lap inches from their gear. Hikoikoi releases the album on the back of earlier releases Vibraphone, Jah Armour and Too Hot Too Work which gained praise and airtime on NZ Radio stations nationwide.
- Their latest single Blood in the Sand and supporting video release endorses their commitment to sharing messages of peace, unity and solidarity. As the lyrics in Jah Armour says ‘Maybe your Rhythm be black, maybe your Rhythm, be white, but in the end I know we will unite…’ Paul Wickham lead singer of Hikoikoi comments: ‘Our music speaks of respect for each other and the world we share. It’s music for your heart as well as your head.’
- After a hugely successful summer of festival including the Parihaka Peace Festival, Rotorua Mardi Gras, The Festival of Cultures and Auckland Music in the Parks Hikoikoi are ready to head off on their heavy duty nationwide tour. Don’t miss their moving and memorable live performance at a venue near you.