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Cornerstone Roots

From deep in the South Pacific, Cornerstone Roots pay respect to the colossal world of Jamaican reggae, while confidently bringing their own influences and uplifting messages to the mix.

This approach of classic cool and future consciousness has helped set the tone for reggae in Aotearoa since 2001, when vocalist/guitarist Brian Ruawai and partner/bass player, Naomi Tuaopepe established Cornerstone Roots.

Based in Whāingaroa / Raglan in the Waikato, they bring the power of Māori and Samoan culture with a deep knowledge of authentic roots music, dub and ska to the stage and studio.

Playing alongside the Cornerstone Roots founders, the current line-up features Brian Ruawai on vocals/guitar, Naomi Tuaopepe on bass, Aaron Bush on percussion, Nick Stevens on keys. Stepping up in their parent's footsteps are 18-year-old Reiki Ruawai on vocals and 20-year-old Kaea Ruawai on drums.

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