House of Shem

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House of Shem
House of Shem performing live at Brisbane, January 2010
House of Shem performing live at Brisbane, January 2010
Background information
OriginNew Zealand
Years active2004–present
LabelsHouse of Shem Enterprises LTD
MembersTe Omeka Perkins
Isaiah Perkins
Past membersCarl Perkins

House of Shem is a roots reggae band from New Zealand. They have had songs featured on the Conscious Roots compilations. In May 2008, their debut album, Keep Rising was released throughout New Zealand. It was released again in April 2009 throughout Australia and Hawaii.[1]

In April 2010, House of Shem started recording their second album Island Vibration with engineer and producer Errol Brown who has worked with many well known reggae bands and artists such as Alton Ellis, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh and Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers. The album was released in New Zealand on 14 February 2011.

In 2013, they released their third album, Harmony, on which they worked with Jamaican engineer Errol Brown.[2]

Band members[edit]

  • Carl Perkins – Vocals/Producer (died on 9 May 2018 from bowel cancer).[3]
  • Te Omeka Perkins – Vocals/Producer
  • Isaiah Perkins – Vocals/Producer



Year Title Details Peak chart
2008 Keep Rising
  • Released: 26 May 2008
  • Label: Local Music Ltd
  • Catalogue: HOSCD001
2011 Island Vibration
  • Released: 14 February 2011
  • Label: House of Shem Music/Isaac/Universal
  • Catalogue: 938571
2013 Harmony
  • Released: 6 December 2013
  • Label: Isaac/Warner
  • Catalogue: 5419601602
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
2004 Conscious Roots EMI 8636632
2005 Conscious Roots 2 Capitol 3495142
2006 Conscious Roots 3 Capitol 3774962
2007 Conscious Roots 4 Moving Productions 5197652
2009 Conscious Roots 2009 EMI 2655252
2015 Yemisi Riddim (Oneness Records Presents) Oneness Records


  1. ^ "House of Shem | About Us / Bio". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  2. ^ Campbell, Howard (2015) "Harmony in the House Of Shem", Jamaica Observer, 26 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015
  3. ^ "House of Shem's Carl Perkins dies after cancer battle". The New Zealand Herald. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  4. ^ "HOUSE OF SHEM IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 January 2014.

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