Koahlition

Reggae /Roots/Cultural Band

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Koahlition are a colourful six piece, family oriented, reggae band playing upbeat, positive, roots, rock, reggae with a quirky Aussie twang and a South Pacific breeze. Their insightful originals are interwoven with ideas of social conscience, have dancing beats, driving bass and skankin' rhythms, infused with electric lead guitar and melodic, soulful harmonies. Being Australian Reggae, the bands' originals have a guitar oriented rocky edge. The music is raw and real.
As well as three family members, Rohan Rusch, partner Tracy and son Adric, the band consists of Cuz Sharmaine Drieberg-Cullen and Samoan born songstress Tanya Volentras sharing vocals. Saibai Island guitar wizard, Moses Warusam and talented local Djabugay drummer, Aaron Riley, complete the lineup. The band has played many festivals and gigs all over the Far North in the past few years and has become one of North Queenslands premier Reggae outfits. Still keeping it fresh, Koahlition has released a CD late in 2012 featuring some of Cairns finest musicians. The CD was produced by esteemed drummer Ben Hakalitz (Yothu Yindi).
Koahlition are seasoned performers at festivals, public and private functions and corporate events.

"Koahlition provided the entertainment for the conference dinner of the Tropics of the Imagination Conference at James Cook University, for which I was the convenor. They provided both acoustic and amplified music which was beautiful and perfect for the conference and the beachside venue at Reef House Resort Palm Cove. Even though the music was central to the evening it was not so loud as to damper conversation and both networking and dancing was able to occur. In fact, a few bars of Stir It Up, and compulsive foot-tapping soon changed to dancing. One distinguished Professor from Melbourne commented it was the only conference she had even attended where all the delegates were up on the dance-floor."

"Koahlition are clearly seasoned entertainers, with beautiful captivating harmonies and a professional manner."

Stephen Torre BA PhD Qld
Associate Professor of English & Deputy Head of School
School of Arts and Social Sciences
James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns QLD 4870 AUSTRALIA


"Let me first start off by saying on a personal note, this band has appeal to the young and the mature and they just keep getting better. I have had Koahlition play at the Kuranda Rainforest Retreat many times in the last 12 months and they always impress. Their style of music is a sophisticated yet soul soothing, simply one of the best local bands I have ever seen. Their talent and professionalism is refreshing and hard to find. I would absolutely have no hesitation recommending this great Australian band for your next function, party or corporate event.

Kevin Humphreys, Kuranda Rainforest Retreat

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Set list
Angry Man original/Rohan Rusch
Brand New Second Hand Girl/Peter Tosh
Bring Me Your Cup/UB40
Cant You See/Peter Tosh
Chatty Chatty/Toots and the Maytals
Coconut Woman/Harry Belafonte
Collaboration/original/Rohan Rusch
Could You Be Loved/Bob Marley
Do it Twice/Bob Marley
Girlie Girlie/June Lodge
High Life/original/Rohan Rusch
Hot Hot Hot/Arrow
Is this Love/Bob Marley
Jammin/Bob Marley
Johnny B Goode/Peter Tosh
Johnny Too Bad/Bob Marley
Keep on Moving/Bob Marley
Ketchy Shuby/Peter Tosh
Lets Get it Together/Toots and the Maytals
Lively Up yourself/Bob Marley
Love Song/original
Maga Dog/Peter Tosh
Marcello/original/Moses Warusam
Mellow Mood/Bob Marley
Monkey Man/Toots and the Maytals
Mary/original/ Rohan Rusch
Pick Myself Up/Peter Tosh
Pressure Drop/Toots and the Maytals
Redemption Song/Bob Marley
Satisfy My Soul/Bob Marley
Shanty Town/Desmond Dekker
Simmer Down/The Wailers
Sing a little Song/Desmond Dekker
Sitting on Top/original/Rohan Rusch
Someone Loves You Honey/Johnny Cash
Stir it Up/Bob Marley
Sweet and Dandy/Toots and the Maytals
The Gun/original/Rohan Rusch
Tide is High/John Holt/Blondie
Under the Sun/original/Rohan Rusch
Walk and Don't Look Back/Peter Tosh
Work/Bob Marley
Why/original/Rohan Rusch
You can Get It if u really want/Jimmy Cliff
Influences
Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and heaps of other artists of many genres........
Gig Highlights
Tosh meets Marley Gig, Reggaetown, Kuranda Roots Festival, Yungaburra Folk Festival,Collaboration Festival,NYE Cairns Esplanade/Council, Eclipse 2012
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