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