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Sola Rosa Bio - 2014

From his humble beginnings experimenting with a 4-track recorder at the ripe age of 19, Sola Rosa frontman Andrew Spraggon has cultivated over 15 years of rich and well-crafted melodic beats. Fusing a rotating mix of hip-hop, jazz, reggae, latin, neo-soul and funk.

Currently Sola Rosa is made up of five key individuals. Andrew Spraggon, Matt Short (Opensouls, Tyra & The Tornadoes and Vietnam War), Ben White, Cherie Mathieson (Dego (4hero) and Lanu (The Bamboos), Mark de Clive Lowe) and Kevin Mark Trail (The Streets, Nathan Haines, Nitin Sawhney, Estelle and Black Twang).

Over the years Sola Rosa have enjoyed many achievements in New Zealand, including a #1 on iTunes and the Independent NZ Music Chart with their 2009 smash record ‘Get It Together’. It reached #15 in the album charts and went on to achieve Gold status. The awards in Sola Rosa’s cabinet include Best Independent Release in the 2000 bNet Music Awards for the ‘Entrance To Skyway’ (EP) and Best Electronica Album in 2001 for ‘Solarized’. They also received nominations at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2006 for ‘Moves On’, Best Producer and Best
Dance/Electronic Album in 2009 for ‘Get It Together’ and Best Electronic Album in 2012 for ‘Low and Behold, High and Beyond’.

Sola Rosa have toured in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia extensively. Their music has been supported on stations such as KCRW (L.A.) and Funkhaus Europa. You’ll hear their music on TV shows such as Mob Wives, Gossip Girl and

Sola Rosa’s sixth album Magnetics sees the band introduce a glorious assortment of fresh new vocalists from all over the globe: Kevin Mark Trail (UK), Sharlene Hector (UK), Jordan Rakei (AUS), Georgia Anne Muldrow (US), Tawiah (UK), Noah Slee (AUS) and Oliver Daysoul (UK). Expect a tour both locally and internationally on release.

Edited by BoombaClark on 6 Nov 2014, 01:23

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