Maybe it’s because both Jamaica and Hawai‘i lie close to 20 degrees latitude north. Maybe it’s just the island thing. Whatever...reggae, the native music of Jamaica, has always reverberated in the 50th State, influencing a number of artists and bands. None have achieved the level of popularity and acclaim of Natural Vibrations, who incorporate this sound along with the pop, rock, and rap music of today to create their own unique sound. Formed in 1993 as a group of friends getting together at backyard parties in Kahalu‘u on O‘ahu’s Windward side, before they knew it they were performing locally, recording, and touring on a regular basis. Today, they are one of the most popular bands in Hawai‘i, with a growing fan base on the Mainland and beyond.
Natural Vibrations, also known as Natural Vibes, Natty Vibes or simply Da Vibes by their countless fans, describe themselves as a “wild, sexually explicit, three-ring circus-like, hard-partying, fun-loving, pop/rock/reggae band.”
ritics have praised their straight-ahead, no-holds-barred pop/rock/reggae style, blended with their sweet treatment of classic, timeless love and relationship themes.
So it’s no wonder that when you ask music fans in Hawai‘i, from their teens on up, who their favorite band is, the answer is invariably “Natural Vibrations!” Indeed, their live shows are social/cultural must-see events unto themselves.
Although Natural Vibrations is comprised of six very different personalities, the synergy between them is extraordinary and comes together on stage, creating a dynamic visual/musical experience. Their fans pack the front of the stage, dancing and singing along with every song. Their musical backgrounds are varied...citing influences from Prince and Michael McDonald to “old school” Bob Marley and UB 40. Each member of the Vibes plays multiple musical instruments as well as contributes to the band’s songwriting, and five of the guys trade off on lead vocals, adding to the strength and diversification of the show. When you see them in concert, you’ll become an instant fan! That’s why some refer to them as “the Grateful Dead” of Hawai‘i. Their show is the place to go!
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