Herbs' - What's Be Happen album, released in 1981 on Warrior Records, has been announced by IMNZ as the recipient of the 2015 'Independent Music NZ Classic Record' award.
The award aims to "acknowledge New Zealand's rich history of making fine albums that continue to inspire and define who we are" and is the second award to be presented at the Taite Music Prize ceremony, after the Taite Music Prize itself.
The 'Independent Music NZ Classic Record' award is scheduled to be presented by Moana Maniapoto to members of Herbs' band and label.
Peter McLennan, author, musician and judging panelist said: “Herbs’ recording debut ‘What's Be Happen?’ holds up as a vital slice of our cultural history and a landmark for Pacific reggae.
Dropping in the dark days of the 1981 Springbok Tour, the mini album showed the band pulling together a strong set of six originals – they knew they were doing something right when people started asking them about a song off the EP, ‘Dragons And Demons’, wanting to know which Bob Marley album it was from. It's still a crucial recording, to this day.”
The Taite Music Prize 2015 event will be held on Wednesday, 15th April in Auckland and is an invite-only ceremony. Delaney Davidson and Don McGlashan are scheduled to perform live sets for the guests.
Head over to the Flying Out Store to pick up the records from three of the Taite Music Prize finalists (Aldous Harding self-titled, Tiny Ruins 'Brightly Painted One' and Grayson Gilmour 'Infinite Life!').