Global busk­ing su­per­group com­pe­ti­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

A world­wide ‘‘su­per band’’ is in the midst of be­ing cre­ated and will per­form at the open­ing party of the Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val.

An in­ter­na­tional hunt for the top street mu­si­cians around the world, run by Toy­ota Global, will see the top-voted acts in six cat­e­gories band to­gether to per­form in the re­sort.

The Feel­ing the Streets on­line com­pe­ti­tion had at­tracted par­tic­i­pants from more than 50 coun­tries.

Toy­ota mar­ket­ing gen­eral manager Susumu Mat­suda said ‘‘we are thrilled that hun­dreds of in­de­pen­dent mu­si­cians, from Cape Town to Alaska to Poland, have en­rolled on the web­site over the past seven weeks.’’

So far South Amer­ica, fol­lowed by Europe, were the most en­gaged in the com­pe­ti­tion and sev­eral New Zealan­ders had also signed up.

The six dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories in­clude vo­cals, drum, gui­tar and bass, keys, brass or wood­wind and a ‘‘mis­cel­la­neous’’ sec­tion.

Peo­ple could log on to the Feel­ing the Streets web­site through Face­book and could vote for their favourite acts by putting ‘‘busk­ing money’’ into vir­tual busk­ing hats.

On May 20 the top 40 acts would be se­lected and vot­ing would then take place again to find the fi­nal six acts.

Six ‘‘road­ies’’ would also be able to tag along for the trip, picked at ran­dom from those who voted.

Once the tour group ar­rived in New Zealand, they would travel to Queen­stown.

‘‘We can’t wait to see how they come to­gether and what they sound like,’’ Mat­suda said.

Lukas Jury, of Welling­ton, has signed up for the chance to be­come part of a global ‘‘su­per band’’ as part of an in­ter­na­tional on­line cam­paign dubbed ‘‘Feel­ing the Streets’’. Six mu­si­cians will be se­lected from across the world to cre­ate the band, which will per­form at the Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val.

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