In the Rastafari movement, “Zion” stands for a utopian place of unity, peace and freedom; a safe spiritual homeland, like in heaven, or a kind of peace of mind in one’s present life. It is fitting then, that a band hailing from Raglan should adopt such sensibilities.
ZIONHILL is a conscious yet vibrant home-grown roots band, following whole-heartily in the footsteps of other Kiwi bands such as Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Kora. Fellow musicians would define ZIONHILL’s music as ‘Conscious Dub Fusion’ or ‘Roots Rock’ but the band are quick to point out that they are not just another ‘New Zealand Dub’ outfit.

“We like to make a connection when playing live” says co-founding member and bass player Damian Hepi-Te Huia “Our songs are conscious, about life, about the environment and what’s happening here in Aotearoa and the world today.”
Formed in 2007, ZIONHILL is made up of Damian on bass; leading guitarist and guitar synth maestro Shai Rudolph; alongside front man Gavin Dempsey. In 2009 the band introduced drummer Jesse Bates directly from Australia.
Although their influences range vastly, they have a sound distinctly of their own and celebrate this through their music, especially their live performances.
It’s summertime and the perfect season to catch ZIONHILL live and in their element! Head to the Raglan Town Hall on 29 December, where they will be playing alongside Native Sons and Trojan Koast. From 7pm. Beverages available.
Pre-sale tickets $20
@ Matapihi Art Gallery,Upper Bow Street.