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Awards for World Music 2007 - Asia Pacific
Fat Freddy's Drop

Fat Freddy's Drop album cover
Fat Freddy’s Drop are a seven-piece musical collective from Wellington, New Zealand, whose unique fusion of digital dub and Polynesian soul has established them as the most successful homegrown group in NZ history – 2005 international debut album Based On A True Story sold over a 100,000 copies in NZ (population 4 million) alone.

And it’s not just New Zealanders who have warmed to the band: esteemed tastemaker Charlie Gillett has championed the band and declared vocalist Joe Dukie as “the best soul singer currently working” while Based On A True Story won the Worldwide Album Of The Year at the Radio 1 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Music Awards 2005 (as voted for by fans that tune in to his BBC show). 2006 found the band embarking on a major European tour; this included selling out the Brixton Academy, winning the only encore at Barcelona’s Scanner Festival and playing triumphantly at festivals in Portugal, Berlin and Paris.

Named after the cat in The Furry Freak Brothers cartoons that inspired so many stoned chuckles, FFD grew out of a loose collective of Wellington musicians experimenting with reggae, dub, funk, jazz, soul and club rhythms alongside a desire to connect with Maori and Polynesian roots. From this scene arose such noted bands as Wai, Trinity Roots and The Black Seeds. FFD rose to be scene leaders through their imaginative gift for melody, shifting rhythms and vocalist Joe Dukie’s soulful, questioning vocal.

FFD maintain playing live is their true forte and their concerts have won them a loyal following – the rich, slow building grooves, fat layers of brass (trumpet-trombone-saxophone), good vibes and unique South Pacific identity creates a special flavour: across two-to-three hour live marathons Fat Freddys create a sonic unity between band and audience.

“What's great about live performance,” says band producer Fitchie, “is that it belongs to those in the audience on that night, it's a one off experience”.

Garth Cartwright

Fat Freddy's Drop website
Album Review on bbc.co.uk/music
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Lyngdoh, India
They're amazing. Excellent music.

Thomas Meijer from Holland
This kicks ass. The great vocals withe a Super band behind it. Please mane me one thing the sounds the same!!!!!! Right!!! No one makes this kind of music.But we have to see them more. Because nobody knowes them in Holland. So Guys tell me whats the world withe no soulThomas

Mark, Kendal, Lake District
Saw these guys a few years ago on their first embarkment to England and playing with Mr.Scruff at The Brewery .. What a magical night ..

Jazz Szene Kollektiv, Buenos Aires
Admiro su album y en vivo son una de las mejores banda del mundo... Su mezcla de dub, roots y soul los ubica por sobre todo el panorama... En Sudamerica son idolatrados... Sostiene FFD! "I admire your album and live you are one of the best bands in the world... Your mix of dub, roots and soul places you above all the rest.. in South America you are revered like gods... support FFD!"

Gary (Surrey)
possible my fav collective of the last 5 years, amazing sounds. changed my whole musical outlook.love them. cant wait 4 a new album.

Mike, London
Spent two years in NZ, and Fat Freddy's are a special band. They are awesome.

Hey hey, Carlisle
Fat Freddys Drop they rule. I heard the album last year from a friend who bought it at a live gig in New Zealand. Rock'n roll!

MSL, Wales
I heard an interview with them whilst I was flying on NZ air, they said their name came from LSD tablets floating around by the name "fat freddies". hence the 'Drop' name too. Whatever, they are a cool band!

paul aberdeen uk
Saw them Queens town nz and lucky to catch them in Edinburgh last year best band around feel that Phat base

Sophie, London
Love the feeling I get when I hear their music, and seeing them live is the highlight of my year - do it for the love of music!

Angela, Bedford
Discovered these guys in NZ thanks to the Magic Bus drivers.... absolutely brilliant -Auckland to Welli in a completely chilled state

Tyler Crisp,, florida
lived in new zealand for one year and loved this group, sums up nz feels like living a truly unique modern synthony.unbelievable live

Ben, Herne Bay, Kent
Missed Brixton, Charing X here i come......Wickeed sounds. bbrrraaaaapppp!!!! put put put

Jonathas, Brazil
Amazing!excellent vocal, excellent band, please come to Rio de Janeiro!!!

Jon (Surrey UK)
One of the best collective in the World Scene at the moment. Top Album - Can't wait to see them tour again this year. Looking forward to hearing their new work.

Karen, Manchester
Top Album! Truly groovy sounds with an amazing and charasmatic singer!Went to see them at Brixton academy and had an excellent night! We want more!!!

Toby Leeds
Missed them performing live in Leeds last year and need them to come back to the UK. Amazing funky yet chilled out beats, nice and down to earth vibe to everything they put their hands to. Make sure to check out the live in Matterhorn CD. Love their philosophy on a band that eats together, stays together - very true!!

Jarrod london
the best tunes in nz at the mo...amazing live performance... lets hear it for FFD

Andrzej, Leicester
Amazing,amazing,amazing....Got into Fat Freddy'd when I was living in New Zealand for a year...this album just makes you feel happy and makes you want to dance. Chilled out, funky, this is one special album...

Ron White
Nice build up, intriguing layering of sounds, and excellent vocal. But, couldn't recognize any Polynesian/Pacific Island influences, except, vaguely, in final percussion?

kathryn. southampton
heard them when i was over in new zealand , and boy did it sum up our holiday. Went and saw them in bristol and they are even better in real life!!!!

Ramones, Germany
Best music to get tattooed!

Jamie, Milton Keynes
Fat Freddy's Drop are too cool for school.

Teresa Baron, Newmarket
A great album, it gets better with each number. Bought it for my son for Christmas (2005) - but he left it in Spain, so I think I'm going to have to get it for myself!

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