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The Black Seeds: Keeping the Beat Alive New Year’s Eve

We chatted with Barnaby Weir of The Black Seeds at their Fantastic Year’s Eve 23 Event at the Coroglen Tavern.
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Barnaby delved into the band’s origins, their musical journey, and shared how the band has evolved through the years. It all started in 1998 at Radioactive, a local radio station in Wellington central where a group of volunteer DJs and music enthusiasts, including Barnaby Weir, began to mesh their talents. This was the birth of The Black Seeds, a band that quickly became known for its distinctive fusion of reggae and funk.

 “Over the next two years, we established a sound and got a few more members and then we put out our first album in 2001,” says Barnaby. Their music, simple yet powerful, reflects a deep love for rhythm and soul, setting the stage for a journey that would take them from local gigs to international fame.

Barnaby shares that it was the bands authenticity that would become the cornerstone of their music and lead them to produce their debut album in 2001.

He reminisced about the early tours to the UK and Europe, where their Kiwi identity and distinct sound were embraced with open arms. What truly stands out for Weir is the band’s longevity and the joy of still performing together. Despite living in different cities around New Zealand, they come together for the love of music and the commitment to their band-family.


Their latest offering, “Love and Fire,” their seventh studio album, is a reflection of their evolving sound and enduring spirit. The Black Seeds continue to represent New Zealand on the global stage bringing a piece of Kiwi culture to the world.

Also on stage  that night were Dillastrate, Chaii, Flamingo Pier (DJ Set) and Sarah Morcom. Five venues in the centre of Whitianga gave entertainment PLUS on New Year’s Eve.