Topic: NZ Music

ReZist - Urban opening act for Raggamuffin 2016

By Kimiora Kaire-Melbourne
  • Auckland

Urban band ReZist are one of the winners of the Raggamuffin Talent Search Final, securing their spot as an opening act at Raggamuffin 2016.

The band was formed two years ago with seven members from the Manawatū region.

ReZist have performed with New Zealand musicians such as Katchafire, 1814, Tomorrow People, Ardijah and Che-Fu. But now they've been given the opportunity to perform with international music stars.

Lead singer of the band, Levi Lewis (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) says, “We’ve just been practicing, just trying to tighten up. The musicians that are on that stage are quite high calibre. We’re all nervous, excited though.”

The band arrived in Auckland today knowing they have a big day ahead of them.

“We have a VIP party tonight and then tomorrow morning its just on stage and go. Our set, I’m sure it’s only 15 minutes but it’ll be probably the biggest 15 minutes of our journey so far,” says Lewis.

ReZist will have no shortage of support.

Lewis says, “It’s a big number because all the boys have lots of whānau coming, family from all over. Just a lot of support.”

The band are hoping to rub shoulders with some of the big names set to take the Raggamuffin stage.

Lewis says, “I don’t know about the boys, but I’m pretty excited to meet Wu-Tang if that ever happens. I might have a cry if I don’t get to meet them, or at least just wave at them from a distance.”

ReZist will take the Raggamuffin stage at 10.30am on February 19.

The band plans to record and release more music this year.