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