Keeping it in the family, The Late Ones aka L81Z are based out of Laie, Hawaii via Gardenia, CA. Brothers Tui Avei (Lead vocals), and Tau Avei (Vocals), along with cousin Josh Brunson (Vocals) keep a traditional reggae style with beautiful harmonies and containing elements of hip hop, R & B, jazz, and more. The name, which pays tribute to powerful performers who have passed on: Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, John Lennon, and political figures like Steven Biko that have stood up for so much, keeps the torch lit for conscious lyrics and causes.
We thrive in the dark, so that you may see the light.
Their latest single, “Thrive” is as conscious as they come. With a hard riddim and horn stabs, the song basically starts out in a roots style. A catchy hook with much positivity brings back visions of that dance Bob Marley did at Reggae Sunsplash ’79. “I don’t wanna be like Mike/ I wanna be like Malcom, Cuz you cant jump high when your chained to the ground.” It’s positive vibrations all around with The Late Ones, and their combination of going back to the roots of the music, real reggae and hip hop over official reggae riddims is something special in our book. They have been promoting their genuine feelings through their original music since 2014, and although they may be younger, they are wise beyond their years with their message. This is exactly what we want to see dem youth saying to the world. Marley may have died thirty five years ago, but his spirit and the spirit of real reggae music lives on though this special group. Check out their newest single below:
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