Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Famous couple team up for a special ‘Silent Night’

Famous couple team up for a special ‘Silent Night’

Ben Lummis & Sela Mahe are engaged to be married. They met as contestants on New Zealand Idol and now they’re performing together in front of over 200,000 people at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park at the Auckland Domain.

Sela made it to the top nine in the contest that Ben Lummis went on to win. Described as an outstanding vocalist, many say she should have gone further but fiancé Ben has become a household name, with a successful performance history.

Now the couple are teaming up to perform a special Maori-English version of ‘Silent Night’ at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park on Saturday 8 December 2007.

But it’s no ordinary version of Silent Night – while the music will be treated in a traditional manner, the song will commence in Maori; the first verse is a solo by Ben, with subsequent verses in English by Sela and the choir.

They will face one of their biggest crowds ever, and for Ben it’s his first time singing in Maori on national television. While he isn’t fluent in the language, he says he can understand it clearly when spoken by others.

“I’ve always wanted to perform at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park,” he says of the iconic Auckland event. Ben, who is originally from Wellington, has been living in Auckland for nine years.

Ben and Sela will join a stellar line up of over 30 acts including award winning band OpShop, childrens’ favourites The Funky Monkeys, and other big names including Frankie Stevens, Jackie Clarke, Sticky TV’s Drew Neemia, Elizabeth Marvelly and Gemma Copas from Fast Crew.

For the last six years, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the charity Youthline, with funds from this year’s event dedicated towards the support of youth work services and youth mentoring.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland