Wiki joins in Big Bang performance
Auckland student Wiki Gibbons was among 200 Kiwi kids who drummed up a storm at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington last Friday.
The 11-year-old was part of a drumming group that took part in the opening performance of the festival, The Big Bang, led by internally acclaimed percussion ensemble Strike.
‘‘We had to drum in front of heaps of people,’’ Wiki says. ‘‘It was fun. I was quite nervous but excited.’’
Wiki and 41 other Auckland students travelled to Wellington the night before the 24-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and film kicked off.
The children were taken to the stage in Civic Square along- side hundreds of singers from community choirs across the region and Kiwi band Kora.
Wiki started drumming in 2010 under the mentorship of Strike while studying at Hay Park School in Mt Roskill. He now attends Kowhai Intermediate and is in year 7.
He has been involved in various performances over the last four years, but this topped the lot, he says.
‘‘This was different to the other ones. It was quite amazing.’’
Drumming fun: Wiki Gibbons on his way to his drumming performance at the NZ Festival on February 21.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click Latest Edition to see a video of Strike performing.