In­spired by the son of a reg­gae leg­end

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

See­ing the son of leg­endary reg­gae singer Bob Marley per­form was all the in­spi­ra­tion Hope Tangi­mai needed to put to­gether his own mu­si­cal act.

Mr Tangi­mai is gear­ing up to per­form in the fi­nal of the Spec­trum Care Show­case tal­ent quest at the end of the month af­ter win­ning his heat of the com­pe­ti­tion with a ren­di­tion of Marley’s song, No Woman No Cry.

“I had to prac­tise for a long time,” he says.

He’ll sing the song again on July 31 at the Free­mans Bay Com­mu­nity Hall, along with nine other win­ning acts.

Spec­trum Care, which is based in One­hunga, is an independent char­i­ta­ble trust that pro­vides ser­vices for about 800 chil­dren, young peo­ple and adults with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies.

Mr Tangi­mai is ex­cited about singing in the fi­nal and hopes to win.

He mows lawns for a job and prac­tises singing ev­ery day af­ter work, but not while he’s mow­ing.

A long-time Bob Marley fan, he went to the reg­gae fes­ti­val Ragga­muffi where Ziggy Marley per­formed and de­cided he wanted to give per­form­ing a go.

He’s also ex­cited about us­ing the com­mu­nity hall’s sound sys­tem for his act.

The fi­nal will also fea­ture Dancing with the Stars celebrity Jonny Wil­liams and for­mer All Black Josh Kron­feld as judges and co­me­dian Brend­han Love­grove as mas­ter of cer­e­monies.

Mr Wil­liams and a part­ner will also be per­form­ing a rou­tine in full cos­tume.

Spec­trum Care com­mu­ni­ca­tions and re­la­tion­ships man­ager Justin Walsh says the fi­nal is open for fam­ily and friends of ser­vice users to at­tend, but not the gen­eral pub­lic.

“Op­por­tu­ni­ties like this are for ev­ery­one. Some of the ser­vice users are non-ver­bal so ex­press­ing them­selves can be dif­fi­cult. It gives peo­ple with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties the chance to have an out­let.”

Spec­trum Care op­er­ates in the Auck­land, Waikato and Bay of Plenty re­gions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.spec­trum­care. org.nz.

Photo: JASON OXENHAM

Rocking reg­gae: Hope Tangi­mai gets ready to sing a Bob Marley song in the Spec­trum Care Show­case tal­ent quest fi­nal.

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