Singer to open Laneway

Central Leader - - SPORT - HUGH COLLINS

Be­com­ing non-bi­nary was a form of lib­er­a­tion for Niko­lai Talamahina.

The 21-year-old song­writer plays a blend of hip-hop, R&B, soul and elec­tronic and will ap­pear at Auck­land’s Laneway Fes­ti­val on Jan­uary 30.

The Pon­sonby res­i­dent is self-de­scribed as be­ing non-bi­nary mean­ing they don’t iden­tify as a be­ing ex­clu­sively male or fe­male.

‘‘I don’t have a la­bel un­der my gen­der, I am gen­der-fluid,’’ Talamahina said.

‘‘It’s some­thing I feel com­fort­able in and it should be ap­pre­ci­ated be­cause it’s how I feel and how I present my­self.’’

Born Nikita, gen­der was some­thing Talamahina had wres­tled with grow­ing up as they al­ways felt more mas­cu­line than fem­i­nine. At age 19 they met some­one who had be­come non-bi­nary, a con­cept which made per­fect sense to Talamahina.

‘‘It was a cool thing for me to get to be­cause I didn’t re­ally know who I was for a long time gen­der wise.’’ Niko­lai will open the Laneway Fes­ti­val with a four piece band on the Thun­der­dome stage at 11.55am.

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Niko­lai will open the Auck­land Laneway Fes­ti­val on the Thun­der­dome stage.

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