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The collaboration of New York City rapper and producer ODDISEE and Wellington singer and ESTERE marks the return of Red Bull Prodigy, a project which pairs legends of the music scene with up-and-coming local talent in a 10-day takeover of the Red Bull Studio Auckland. The prodigy is guided by the mentor who helps develop their musical talent and production skills to create new music, an initiative that previously saw Watercolours’ Chelsea Jade Metcalf work under the tutelage of She’s So Rad producer Jeremy Toy.

The brand new Red Bull Studio will be buzzing on October 21, when Estere and Oddisee embark on the latest instalment of the prodigy; writing, producing and mixing new song, ready to be released. Updates will be posted on

“I had to learn a lot of things the hard way, and I wish I had somebody to help me out. So I definitely want to give back and help an artist who’s on the way up,” says Oddisee, reflecting on his early hip hop education in Washington DC. “Because I’ll be working with an artist who’s participating in the Prodigy project, that means they’re doing something right in the first place. And that thing needs to be nurtured, not controlled,” he says.

Oddisee’s achievements include his work used by ESPN during the NBA finals and in commercials, as well as his album "People Hear What They See” winning Best Hip-Hop/Rap album of 2012 by iTunes UK.

Like the multi-tasking multi-instrumentalist she’ll be mentored by, Estere likes to keeps her hands full; juggling studies in Philosophy and Anthropology while singing with funk collective Brockerflowersaurus Rex and The Blueberry Biscuits and working on her beat-driven solo material. Since being selected as the prodigy, Estere has been delving into Oddisee’s deep back catalogue.

“When I started digging into his music, I thought, ‘Wow, this guy’s amazing and there’s so much variation in his material’. It seems like he’s constantly trying new things out.Previously I recorded my solo material at home, so working with him at the Red Bull Studio will give me access to a lot more ways with which you can produce and make music. I’m really looking forward to throwing myself into this and not holding back,” says Estere.

When Oddisee returns to New Zealand, it will be to a country he has already forged links in; previously performing with @Peace and working with Ladi6. This time, Oddisee will be performing with Raiza Biza and friends in Auckland on October 25 and in Wellington on October 26. Tickets can be purchased from


American soul troubadour Cody ChestnuTT will bring his unique blend of R'n'B and classic, yet progressive, soul styling's to New Zealand in October.


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Support comes from Auckland's own Tyra Hammond

"If you combined equal parts James Brown and Otis Redding, a splash of Hendrix and a dash of old time swagger, you might come close to
figuring out what Cody ChestnuTT is made of.
" -

Cody ChestnuTT released his edgy, lo-fi solo debut The Headphone Masterpiece, to critical acclaim in 2002. The public also took notice when a track from the album was retooled by The Roots and released as "The Seed (2.0)", with ChestnuTT on vocals. (The song was nominated for two Moonman statuettes at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.) ChestnuTT's subsequent nomination for the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize and later appearance in Dave Chappelle's Block Party added to his growing cult-fame status. But then he dropped out of sight for a while, as he took time for a period of family-man retreat and reflection.

Thankfully for fans, last year saw him return in earnest to the music scene, with the release of Landing on a Hundred, made at the same studio in Memphis, Tennessee where the likes of Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner recorded many of their most career-defining works. The new album, whose title is slang for telling the whole truth, has been described by various critics as "a long overdue, welcome comeback", "easy-going vintage soul that rolls magnificently on the ear" and "a stunning, socially conscious soul album reminiscent of early 1970s classics like What's Going On."

Cody ChestnuTT's recent live shows in Europe and the US in support of the album have also been lauded:
"Cody’s pure love for the show and the art of the song truly comes from his heart, bursting at the seams with passion and care". -
"To see a man so humble, grateful and at ease with himself is a beautiful thing. Backed by a tight-as-hell band, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. If you love Marvin, Al, Stevie and Curtis, you'd have loved this." - Bearded Magazine.

Don't miss your chance to catch this neo-soul legend on a rare NZ visit this October.


Jam on Toast is all about community! It will be a day of celebration and festivities for families and Grey Lynn locals to enjoy and be a part of at their community centre. Jam on Toast is a free community celebration event held at Grey Lynn Community Centre, We know you have a soft spot for Grey lynn, so come along, get involved and bring some of your skills and networks to our event!

This is our second Jam on Toast and we are hoping to make this an annual celebration of our creative, diverse vibrant community. The event kicks off at 1pm with family activities Juggling, food, craft, demonstrations and BASE FM DJ’s, it then moves into the groove with live sounds and Burlesque for us grownups. We are lucky to have some of the lads from deep fried sound system and The Shane Hollands. Plus lots more local talent!

A free event from & for our Grey Lynn community. 1pm till 11pm – see you there!



After last years festivities were cancelled due to rain, Base FM crew are looking forward to the return of Grey Lynn Park Festival on Saturday 30th NovemberBetween the hours of 11am and 5pm, Base FM DJS will be dropping the beats through the Back-A-Yard soundsystem, located next to the Skate Ramp (Grosvenor St / Williamson Ave entrance). The 4th annual Earls Of Grey Skate Jam will also be taking place at the same time so the whole area should be buzzing!! Big ups FruitGuy.Co.Nz | StrayTravel.Asia | Coastlines NZ

11am : Frybread Radio with Mark Yeka & Reggie.D

12pm : The Boil Up with Jubt & Kirk James

1pm : Salads with Chef D & PK

2pm : Friday Night Takeout with the Piet & Undercover Brother

3pm : Seva HiFi LIVE with Tido on percussion

4pm : Breakfast with Chip Matthews & Dylan C 

Good Vibes | Good People | Good Music


Kiwi music lovers will be in for a rare treat this summer as KORA and KATCHAFIRE double their playing powers on a co-headlining tour, serving up a double-shot of Aotearoa’s finest roots, rock and reggae across the North Island.

While each band has superb studio work to their name, the proof in the pudding is their rock-steady live performances, which have won both bands a diehard fan base. A show from KORA or KATCHAFIRE alone is a must-see live music experience – together on the same stage, this is a line-up that must be witnessed by every New Zealand music lover.

KORA is brothers Brad, Francis and Stuart Kora, and brother-in-arms Dan McGruer. Their future-shocked fusion of funk, dub, metal and psychedelia is a sound formed by an unshakeable fraternal bond; so unique that they had to coin their own genre, “alien funk”. Hailing from Whakatane, Kora built their audience and reputation with an epic live show, one that has brought them a cult audience worldwide.

Waikato sons KATCHAFIRE are the undisputed titans of Aotearoa roots reggae, true skank superstars both here at home, throughout the Pacific, and along the West Coast of the United States. A relentless touring schedule sees the seven-strong unit play 49 weeks out of every year, racking up an impressive playing history that has made them the nation’s tightest live outfit. Today, after hundreds of gigs and four classic albums, KATCHAFIRE are road warriors whose music is guaranteed to hit you with no pain.

This is the bucket-list live tour of the 2013/2014 summer. Be sure to cross it off as KORA and KATCHAFIRE light up the holidays.

Fri 20 Dec – Black Barn Vineyards – Napier
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Black Bar Cellar Door,, Rockshop Hastings & Rockshop Napier

Sat 21 Dec – The Commercial Hotel (Outdoor Marquee) – Whakatane
Tickets from Event Ticketing & venue

Thurs 26 Dec – Waihi Beach Hotel – Waihi
Tickets from Event Ticketing & venue

Fri 27 Dec – Coroglen Tavern – Coroglen
Tickets from Event Ticketing, funktion Whitianga & venue

Mon 30 Dec – Butlers Reef – New Plymouth / Oakura
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Crowded House, The Mayfair, Rockshop New Plymouth & Venue

Thurs 2 Jan – Opononi Hotel – Opononi
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Rockshop Whangarei & venue

Fri 3 Jan – Mangawhai Tavern – Mangawhai
Tickets from Event Ticketing, Rockshop Whangarei & Venue

Sat 4 Jan – Brewers Field – Mt Maunganui
TiTickets from Event Ticketing, Rockshop Tauranga & venue

Tickets on sale Thursday 17th October.

For all show & ticketing info go to


Mr Brown, host of the Chin Check on Base FM is running the Auckland Marathon on 3rd November to raise money for the Starship Foundation, a social-profit organization that raises funds so Starship Children's Health can better care for more than 120,000 young patient visits each year. They need to raise over $5 million annually to keep giving New Zealand children in the best care possible so please get in behind this great charity.


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Knights of the Dub Table Live Show
Leigh Sawmil Café
Saturday 5th October
$10 presales / $15 on the door

Knights Give The North First Listen to Brand New Tunes. Electro Dub Band ‘Knight of the Dub Table’ are kicking off their summer tour at the Leigh Sawmill café on October 5th.

The knights will be giving the region the very first sneak preview of some new unreleased tracks. The Knights will be playing a selection of unreleased songs for the Leigh Sawmill crowd which are scheduled to feature on their next album.  The band who were nominated for a Maori Music Award for their last album say they are working hard to get the second album complete and hope to release the album early next year.

The show at the Leigh Sawmill Café is the first show of an extensive national summer tour which will stretch over 3 months and will hit over 15 towns across New Zealand.

Knights of the Dub Table front man Mr Sammysamson says he is excited to be returning to the Leigh Sawmill and says that crowds should expect a high energy and dynamic set with a mix of old and brand new tunes.

“We played the Sawmill last summer for the first time and it was a great vibe, such an awesome place to play, the place has an energy about it. We have worked hard over the last few months writing new material and fine tuning our new live set. We pride ourselves in creating a great live experience for our audiences and cant wait to bring it back to the north!.” | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BANDCAMP | YOUTUBE


Base FM & Rhythmgroup presents
Wanaka Events Center, Friday 13 September

Dancing, djs and downright good times. The local and international snowboarding fraternity were out in force on Friday 13 September for the Burton High Fives After Party at Lake Wanaka Centre, hosted by Rhythm Group and Base FM. Celebrations kicked off with local music don The Nomad and Wellington’s Kev Fresh on the decks, followed by the visceral dub mash ups of AhoriBuzz. Consistent dance floor fillers, the jam band driven byAaron Tokona had the crowd swaying, stomping and crunking to their beat as they played funk-fuelled sounds including underground favourites Turnaround and Glitter in the Gutter. As the night unfolded, badass dubstep/drum n bass dj Bulletproof ensured the party mood was sustained way after midnight, when revellers rocked on across the road at Urban Grind. As Daimon Schwalger a.k.a The Nomad enthused “It was real cool to see the Wanaka massive out for the Burton High Fives event – we need more of this goodness here! Shout outs to R&A for putting on such a dope party!”

Review courtesy of ANNABEL WILSON, On Magazine Wanaka. Photos thanks to OnMag's man-about-town, Martin Cedes -

Check out more pics from the event here.


Base FM favourite Tyra Hammond (Opensouls, The Tornadoes) has released the 2nd single from her forthcoming debut solo EP and a wicked video directed by Sin&Gin. 'Stop Messin Round' is written by Jeremy Toy & Tyra Hammond, with Jeremy also on the production. Check it out!



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