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