SONGBROKER SONG OF THE DAY : BLACK SAND DIVA - 'RIGHTEOUS MAN'
Cat Tunks is of NZ Maori (Te Whanau a Apanui/Whakatohea) & Irish descent and is songwriter, bandleader & vocalist with BlackSandDiva.
Working extensively across Ireland, Germany, & the Sth Pacific, Cat’s influences have informed her unique style of music that melds her Maori & Irish musical heritage.
BlackSandDiva combines intoxicating guitar, fat beats and whiskey smooth vocals, with sophisticated jazz piano stylings. This band is not afraid of genre blending, mixing gutsy blues and smooth reggae funk grooves with sophisticated beats.
With band members Kiri Maree Kainamu Wheeler (Nga Puhi, keys), Jason Orme (drums) and Aaron Coddel (bass) & Damian Hauwai (Tuhoe/Ngati Kahungungu, guitar) the release of their album Rāwāhi has seen the band go from strength to strength, their music heard on the airwaves of Tel Aviv, Rarotonga, and Ireland, Aotearoa (NZ) and Germany.
Cat’s roots-centric lyrics, reflect the strong connection she has with the land and sea.
'Righteous Man' has a funky groove with Cat's vocals giving it a bluesy, jazz flavour.