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Feel the Seasons Change: TVNZ Salmonella Dub Tour

Time to Feel the Seasons Change
The TVNZ Salmonella Dub Tour, in association with Pacific Blue and Pub Charity

Salmonella Dub

Time is running out to buy tickets for “Feel the Seasons Change”, the NZSO’s special tour with Salmonella Dub, Whirimako Black, Richard Nunns and Paddy Free.

It’s a unique event, not only because it brings together so many Kiwi cultural icons on one stage, but because it seeks to create something completely new out of their combined art.

NZSO artistic manager Rachel Hyde says that the idea is for all these forms of music to meet in the middle. “This is a piece of cutting-edge art,” Hyde says.

Christchurch composer and arranger Tom Rainey is working to make sure the orchestra is not just a backing band, but a full collaboration with Salmonella Dub. Rainey says he wants to challenge them, not just have them playing “football notes”.

Since their debut in 1991, Salmonella Dub has been famous for its laid-back, danceable Pasifika beats. But the band has a serious side too. In recent years, Salmonella Dub frontman Andrew Penman has become increasingly involved with young people around his Kaikoura home. Penman does mentoring through the local marae, and his experiences have made him think about our country’s future and about what biculturalism really means.

As a result, “Feel the Seasons Change” is accompanied by a video backdrop including key historical images and stunning landscapes that offer a wordless commentary about how New Zealand came to be as it is now.

Penman says the title refers to the way New Zealand’s strongly defined seasons affect our outlook. “It reflects the constant ebb and flow the seasons have on our landscapes and the effect of that on the moods of our people and culture.”

Whirimako BlackBiculturalism is close to vocal soloist Whirimako Black’s heart too. Lately New Zealand’s “first lady of Jazz” has been covering jazz standards in te reo, which earned her comparisons to Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Dionne Warwick. Raising the status of the Maori language is a strong desire of hers, she says. "Throughout the last six years I have enjoyed composing music that has relevance for today, plus reviving and modernising traditional waiata (songs) stemming from my early involvement with the cultural arts of the Tuhoe tribe of Aotearoa,” Black says.

Her cds have been called “a required addition to any serious world music collection”.


The TVNZ Salmonella Dub Tour, in association with Pacific Blue and Pub Charity

WELLINGTON Thursday 31 January 8pm TSB Arena
AUCKLAND Friday 1 February 8pm ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre
CHRISTCHURCH Friday 8 February 8pm Town Hall
NELSON Tuesday 12 February 5pm Trafalgar Park

PADDY FREE Electronic music

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