Wellington reggae act BrownHill aren’t letting the grass grow under their feet, releasing a self-titled EP in 2011 and now back with a debut album of smooth Pacific reggae tunes called ‘First Love’, described as a culmination of their own individual experiences. The Good Friday-scheduled release makes sense given their various strict church upbringings and the album’s abundantly evident central theme of love, conveyed with up-lifting harmonies, beats and lyrics. BrownHill say they want people to use their music as "…a tool of encouragement for anyone facing the challenges that life and love throw at us.” Martyn Pepperell threw some questions at the nine-piece band’s lead singer and lyricist Caesar Masoe.
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