Wiki joins in Big Bang per­for­mance

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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.

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