The soulful vocals of Ben Ratima are reminiscent of a love for old school artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Doors and is inspired by kiwi heavyweights, such as The Herbs, Katchafire and Kora. Ben Ratima is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Maungaturoto in the Kaipara and from a young age has had a musical presence surrounding him.Soljah was formed in 2009 and was nominated for the NZ Music Awards Best Roots Album in 2013 alongside Fat Freddy’s Drop and Latinaotearoa. Soljah also appeared in New Zealand’s first Reggae Muffin Road Trip Tour in 2012 alongside Fiji, Sons Of Zion
and many more.Check out the Whangarei Fringe Festival website to find out more exciting events happening throughout October.

Ben Ratima – ONEONESIX