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Pacific music gig brings international flavour

7 May 2014

Pacific music gig brings international flavour.

PASIFIKANA - a post Vodafone Pacific Music Awards event on Friday 9 May, at The Tuning Fork (Vector Arena) brings international musicians Kalaga’la from New Caledonia who will collaborate for one night only with New Zealand Hip Hop icon King Kapisi (DJ set), Spoken Word artists Daren Kamali, Grace Taylor and Ole Maiava, from Christchurch - Pacific Underground and from Dunedin - reggae artists ‘Koile.

Kalaga’la is on New Zealand soil to celebrate being finalists at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards in the newest category the FLAVA Best International Group. The New Caledonia group that consists of members of Wallis and Futuna origin, are up against artists Fiji and Spawnbreezie - popular US based musicians who have had plenty of commercial airplay on New Zealand’s Pacific and iwi radio stations.

Regardless of results the group being finalists has brought encouragement from their New Caledonia supporters, family and networks bringing them to Auckland to attend and perform at the ceremony.

The PASIFIKANA gig gives Kalaga’la the opportunity to continue collaborating with artists after previous exchanges both here and in New Caledonia. Patrice Kaikilekofe who leads the band Kalaga’la is also a well known visual artist who trained here in New Zealand. He has continued networking with musicians at festivals and exhibitions all over the Pacific.

“We’d met with musicians Ole Maiava, Tigilau Ness, ‘Koile and Pacific Underground previously in Auckland, Christchurch, New Plymouth and the Solomon Islands. And we’ve also hosted them in New Caledonia. We’re honoured to have the opportunity to jam again at PASIFIKANA this time joined by King Kapisi (DJ set), Grace Taylor, Ole Maiava and Daren Kamali” says Patrice.

PASIFIKANA is artists sharing music of Pacific origin regardless of where each artist resides - New Zealand or New Caledonia, South Island or North Island. The origins of the collective groups are Wallis & Futuna, Uvea, Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand and France.
“…so our music has an international Pacific flavour. We always look forward to jamming again together.” Says Patrice.

PASIFIKANA, The Tuning Fork (Vector Arena), 5pm, Koha / Mealofa

Featuring King Kapisi (dj set - Auckland), Daren Kamali (Auckland), Grace Taylor (Auckland) , Kalaga'la (New Caledonia), Tyssia (New Caledonia), 'Koile (Dunedin), Pacific Underground (Christchurch), Ole Maiava (Auckland). Patrice Kaikilekofe (New Caledonia), The Mavaega Sisters (Auckland).


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