Per­fect set­ting for soul­ful show

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

Mu­si­cian Evan Silva will be do­ing what comes nat­u­rally at an up­com­ing event at the church at Okahu Re­serve.

Silva will be per­form­ing at the Heart and Soul con­cert along­side jazz gui­tarists Lance Sua and Tere Ngaeru­aiti later this month.

As well as be­ing in the mu­sic busi­ness for the past 50 years, Silva is also a min­is­ter.

His old friend Ta­maki Tuma­hai helped him set up a regular Sun­day ser­vice at the Ngati Whatua Orakei church last year .

En­try is by do­na­tion and ev­ery­one is wel­come, Silva says.

‘‘We didn’t want it to be a smoke­screen to preach the gospel be­hind.

‘‘We just thought this would be a good place to have a con­cert.’’

The band will play R ’ n’ B and soul cov­ers from the late 60s as well as orig­i­nal songs, he says.

What Silva loves most about per­form­ing is that it’s dif­fer­ent ev­ery time.

‘‘Do­ing the same song, the same way ev­ery time would drive me mad.

‘‘It’s about be­ing with the peo­ple and en­joy­ing your­self.’’

Sua, 48, has been play­ing mu­sic pro­fes­sion­ally since he was 14.

Mu­sic can have a pow­er­ful ef­fect on peo­ple, he says.

‘‘Some­times in a world where we get bom­barded with so much in­for­ma­tion, words can’t get in but mu­sic can. I’ve had peo­ple come up at con­certs and say: ‘Man, I’ve had a ter­ri­ble day but com­ing here, it feels like a weight has been lifted off me’.’’

The Grey Lynn res­i­dent has played with well-known mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Hay­ley Westenra, Sir Howard Mor­ri­son and Billy T James.

The Samoan New Zea- lan­der also has a pas­sion for work­ing with at-risk youth and vol­un­teers at the al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme Ta­gata Pasi­fika Re­sources Devel­op­ment Trust, which op­er­ates out of Samoa House on Karanga­hape Rd.

He has per­formed at var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional events in­clud­ing the 1990 Com­mon­wealth Games.

‘‘I re­mem­ber my Mum and Dad get­ting phone calls from peo­ple all over the world say­ing: ‘I’ve just seen your son on TV’.

‘‘That was a real buzz for them.’’

Heart and Soul is an al­co­hol-free event which will take place at the church at Okahu Re­serve from 7.30pm till 9pm on March 21.

Photo: KA­RINA ABADIA

Soul broth­ers: Mu­si­cians Lance Sua and Evan Silva with Ngati Whatua Orakei mem­ber Ta­maki Tuma­hai, cen­tre, at the church in Okahu Bay.

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