Unity… Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest, East Coast, West Coast and Hawaii has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.
They treat fans to old Roots, Rock, Reggae favs along with original music blending influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai "Pita" Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Anthony Robert Bessen laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Franz Zermuellen on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.
Unity's fan base has grown extensively regionally and globally with the release of five albums, Liberation, In The Beginning, Revival, Oceania & Sunset 7 a collection of diverse original songs written by Katobalavu, centered on his roots as a native born Fijian. The album's release and unique cultural story of a Fijian making music in the Midwest have gained the band extensive media attention in the US, Europe, Fiji, Australia, Hawaii & New Zealand, as well as radio play for the new music.
Award Winning Original Roots, Rock, Reggae & World Beat band. Winner of 2008, 2010,2014 & 2018 WAMI Awards
Genre: Reggae, World Music
Years Started : Since 2002
Influences: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Beetles, UB40, Sublime
Members of Unity the Band:
Kai 'Pita' Katobalavu - Founder & Lead Singer, rhythm guitar
Tim Perkins - Bass Player and vocals
Kelvin Ayres - Drummer and vocals
Franz Zermuellen - Keyboard and vocals
Anthony Robert Bessen - Lead guitar and vocal