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Blue King Brown frontwoman Natalie Pa‘apa’a began her music career busking on the streets of Byron Bay, on the North Coast of NSW. She and partner Carlo Santone originally performed as a percussion duo as well as with a band called Skin, which formed the beginnings of Blue King Brown.
The two moved to Melbourne in 2004 to concentrate on the 8-piece urban roots collective now known as Blue King Brown. Their debut single, "Water", was quickly added to high rotation on Triple J, as well as earning them an AIR Chart award in 2006. Known for their strong political songs and high octane live performances, Blue King Brown have opened for local and international acts as diverse as Carlos Santana, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Damian Marley, The John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire, Silverchair, and Powderfinger. In addition to their strong national profile they have established an international presence, touring Canada, the USA, France, England and Japan. Their latest LP was partially recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, with legendary reggae producers Robbie and Sly, who have previously worked with Bob Dylan, Grace Jones and The Rolling Stones. Natalie Pa’apa’a is a vocal social activist and is known for speaking out on environmental and human rights issues including people trafficking, the NT intervention, the rebuilding of Haiti and ethical consumerism. She lives in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne with her partner and bandmate Carlo Santone.