The Rude Boyz
List Of Members
Wills Pomana - Vocals/Percussion Ethan Pomana - Keyboards Pita Kire - Vocals/Guitar Aaron LeGeyt - Vocals/Bass Patrick LeGeyt - Drums
Covers, Dub/Roots, Regge, Singer-Songwriter
The Rude Boyz
The Rude Boyz are a reggae band from Hawkes Bay that play an eclectic mix of originals and covers. They are very popular locally performing at pubs, clubs, festivals, charity events and private parties (birthdays and weddings) throughout Hawkes Bay and other districts. The Rude Boyz always bring the reggae party to their gigs and get the crowd dancing and singing. Here is a Review that featured in The Hook online webzine: "What makes a great night out? Good company, the right music, a hospitable location and just enough of whatever you fancy, combined together in an alchemical compound that is more than the sum of its parts. Common Room has this science down to an art, as witnessed in its smooth transition from after-work dining and drinks to dance floor. The Rude Boyz are a local outfit that attract a diverse local crowd, and the place is heaving with a steady flow to and from the garden bar. On paper, the punters are a hodge-podge cross-section of society with little in common – I dance alongside both children and parents of friends. But we are united by the One Love message that roots reggae preaches. The band’s mellow renditions of popular classics punctuated by the odd original, so laid back as to be practically supine, act as the perfect social lubricant, and the crowd is diffused into a magnanimous mass. The Rude Boyz are assembled like a rock ensemble – lead, rhythm and bass guitars, keyboard and drums, with a second percussionist/vocalist to lend them reggae credentials and build up rich rhythms and harmonies. Their modus operandi is to hook the audience with a song they know and love, and, once they’re in a groove, to keep us there with an instrumental breakdown that shows an understanding of how people like to enjoy themselves. There’s a heavy leaning on Bob Marley, as well as other classics such as Gregory Isaacs and Toots and the Maytals, but it’s the home grown hits, like Che Fu and Katchafire, that get the big responses from the crowd. They sing from a playbook that might be called Aotearoa Roots, or less charitably by some, BBQ Reggae. But like their contemporaries, Tomorrow People, they’re owning the label. Is it derivative? Sure. But I get the feeling that these guys are disinterested in pioneering a new musical field, they just want to play legitimately great music and chill out, as do their audience. We’re all here to kick back, and the objective is achieved with aplomb."