Southside of Bombay Profile

Keith Newman
28 Oct 2019

With their bold, brassy, reggae infused sounds of peace, love and subtly couched political challenges, Southside of Bombay was propelled into mainstream sing-along culture in 1994, when their song ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’ was featured in Lee Tamahori’s landmark film Once Were Warriors.

In the late 1980s – inspired by the music and messages of Bob Marley and the growing renaissance of all things Māori – the Wellington band was a pivotal part of a push by indigenous musicians to continue the path forged by Aotearoa, Herbs, Dread Beat & Blood, Taste of Bounty and Moana Maniapoto.

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Inside CD booklet for Southside of Bombay - Live In Aotearoa.
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Southside of Bombay and Mina - 'Kia Mau' cassette cover.
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Ruia Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay at York Street Recording Studio, 1995.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Mina Ripia, performing 'Kia Mau' and a rap verse on 'What's the Time Mr Wolf' live with Southside of Bombay.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Front row: Joe Ewens, David Fiu, Kali Barton, Warren Maxwell, Kevin Hotu. Back row: Anne Prichard, Maaka Phat, Elliot Fuimaono.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Southside of Bombay at Strawberry Fields festival, Raglan, 1994.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Cassette cover for Southside of Bombay's 'Umbadada', Pagan Records.
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Southside of Bombay, 1992 - back from left: Anne Prichard, Brent Thompspn, Kua-Ranea Abraham, centre: Joe Ewens, Evan Williams, Kevin Hodges, Hareruia Abraham, front: David Fiu.
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Robertson
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Cassette cover for Southside of Bombay - Running (1997)
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Southside of Bombay, Waitangi Day celebration, Waititi marae, Auckland, 2018.
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Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay at York Street Recording Studio, Parnell Auckland, 1995.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Southside of Bombay, clockwise from left: Anne Prichard, Joe Ewens, Ruia Aperahama, Brent Thompson, Ranea Aperahama, Neil, David Fiu, Kevin Hotu.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
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Southside of Bombay members Damon Grant, Kali Barton, Maaka "Phat" McGregor, Kevin Hotu, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Damon Grant, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay crew.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Southside of Bombay at Sweetwaters, 1999.
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Southside of Bombay: Front L to R: Ranea Aperahama, Ruia Aperahama, Joe Fa’amaoni (Joe Ewens). Back row L to R: Evan Williams, Brent Thompson, David Fiu, Anne Prichard, Kevin Hotu.
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Southside of Bombay: Elliot Fuimaono, David Fiu, Kevin Hotu, Joe Ewens, Ranea Aperahama, Warren Maxwell, Maaka Phat.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Southside of Bombay - the Umbadada lineup. Front row from left: Damon Grant, Brent Thompson. Middle row: Kevin Hotu, Anne Prichard, David Fiu. Back row: Joe Ewens, Maaka McGregor.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Ruia Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay. Front row from left: Anne Prichard, Kevin Hotu, David Fiu. Back row from left: Brent Thompson, Ranea Aperahama, Campbell Tuiri, Ruia Aperahama, Joe Ewens.
Photo credit: Woolf Photography
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Southside Of Bombay - What's The Time Mr Wolf (1991, NZ On Screen)
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Southside of Bombay - 'All Across The World' cassette cover, Pagan Records, 1992.
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Southside of Bombay. Front row from left: Anne Prichard, Kevin Hotu, David Fiu. Back row from left: Brent Thompson, Ranea Aperahama, Campbell Tuiri, Ruia Aperahama, Joe Ewens.
Photo credit: Woolf Photography
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Photo proofsheet, Southside of Bombay.
Photo credit: Photos by Marcel
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David Fiu, Southside of Bombay.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Maaka Phat, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay - David Fiu, Kevin Hotu, Brent Thompson, Joe Ewens.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Southside of Bombay - 'What's the Time Mr Wolf', 1991, Pagan Records.
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Cassette cover for Southside of Bombay's 'What's the Time Mr Wolf', 1991, Pagan Records.
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Southside of Bombay - Waitangi at Hoani Waititi marae, Glen Eden, Auckland, 2018. Photos by Chris Traill.
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Damon Grant (saxophone) and Christine Morris (keyboards), Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Christine Morris, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay, Hoani Waititi Marae, Glen Eden, Waitangi Day, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay master backup including 'What's the Time Mr Wolf', from Marmalade Studios in Wellington.
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Southside of Bombay, Umbadada era. Front from left: Anne Prichard, Damon Grant, David Fiu. Back row from left: Joe Ewens, Brent Thompson, Maaka McGregor, Kevin Hotu.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Ranea Aperahama performing with Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Ruia Aperahama singing in Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Members of Southside of Bombay and Ardijah, NZ Music Awards 2000.
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Kali Barton, Kevin Hotu and Elliot Fuimaono, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Kevin Hotu, Southside of Bombay.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Ruia Aperahama on vocals and David Fiu on trumpet in Southside Of Bombay, Waitangi Day, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay opening for Black Slate, Hamilton 2019.
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Christine Morris, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay. Front L to R: David Fiu, Ruia Aperahama, Ranea Aperahama. Back row, L to R: Joe Ewens, Anne Prichard, Kevin Hotu, Brent Thompson, Evan Williams.
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Southside of Bombay. Front row from left: Elliot Fuimaono, Kevin Hotu, Ranea Aperahama. Back row: Joe Fa’amaoni, Warren Maxwell, Maaka Phat, David Fiu.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Ruia Aperahama in Southside of Bombay.
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Southside of Bombay: Kevin Hodges, Warren Maxwell, Maaka McGregor, Ranea Aperahama, Elliot Fuimaono, David Fiu, Joe Fa'amaoni.
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Southside of Bombay, from left: Kevin Hotu, Maaka "Phat" McGregor, Damon Grant, Anne Prichard, Brent Thompson, Joe Ewens, David Fiu.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Southside of Bombay. Front row from left: Kevin Hotu, Brent Thompson, Warren Maxwell, Maaka Phat. Back row from left: Anne Prichard, Mina Ripia, Kali Barton, Joe Ewens, David Fiu.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Maaku "Phat" McGregor and Elliot Fuimaono, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay - Live In Aotearoa (1998)
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Mina and Southside of Bombay - Kia Mau
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Ranea Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside Of Bombay wins Best Mana Maori and Best Mana Reo Awards for Kia Mau and Best Polynesian Album award for Live In Aotearoa at the 1996 Clear NZ Music & Entertainment Awards. Front L to R – Whare Moke, Kimo Winiata (Iwi); Back L to R – Trevor Reekie (Pagan Records), Mina Ripia, Kevin Hotu, Joe Fa’amaoni, Maaka Phat, Elliot Fuimaono, Anne Prichard]
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Ranea Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Ranea Aperahama, Southside of Bombay.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Southside of Bombay. Front row from left: Warren Maxwell, David Fiu, Elliot Fuimaono. Back row: Mina Ripia, Joe Ewens, Kevin Hotu, Maaka Phat, Christine Morris, Ranea Aperahama.
Photo credit: Teresa McGregor
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Ruia Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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Members:

Kevin Hotu - guitar

Joseph Fa’amaoni - guitar

Brent Thompson - bass

Campbell Tuiri - drums

Elliotte Fuimaono - bass

Warren Maxwell - saxophone

David Fiu - trumpet

Ruia Aperahama - vocals, saxophone, keyboards

Ranea Aperahama - vocals, guitar

Maaka McGregor - drums

Damian Forlong - trombone

Anne Prichard - keyboards

Christine Morris - keyboards

Elton Walker - keyboards

Kali Barton - trombone

Stephen Butts - trumpet

Damon Grant - saxophone

Evan Williams - drums

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