Blue Rhythm’s win­ning beat

Kapi-Mana News - - FEATURE -

Blue Rhythm, an eight-piece band from Porirua Col­lege, won this year’s Pacifica Beats Welling­ton com­pe­ti­tion in Lower Hutt on June 13.

They may well have qual­i­fied for the na­tional fi­nal in Auck­land in Septem­ber 12. The judges will pick the top six bands and top two solo/duos to at­tend fi­nals. Fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced on Au­gust 10.

‘‘We switched around a bit and pulled in Tiresa, the youngest mem­ber, at the last minute,’’ lead singer Tal­i­tupe Smith. ‘‘Although we were re­ally ner­vous, we were de­ter­mined to win.’’

Pacifica Beats pro­ducer Elena Lome said Blue Rhythm’s up­beat style, use of the ukulele and Samoan phrases made them clear win­ners.

The band wore their full school uni­form on stage, which Tal­i­tupe said made them look neat even though they felt ‘‘pretty sweaty’’.

Pacifica Beats re­flects the unique cul­tural iden­tity of New Zealand and the South Pa­cific, with en­trants re­quired to have some Maori or Pa­cific el­e­ments in their per­for­mance.

Lome said as well as in­cor­po­rat­ing cul­tural el­e­ments in their per­for­mances, the Welling­ton group had to now show their pro­mo­tional skills.

‘‘They have to cre­ate a Face­book band page, pre­pare a media re­lease and band bio and a short video about them­selves. We use that in the judg­ing, as we lead up to the na­tional fi­nal,’’ Lome said.

‘‘The aim is to give them an in­sight into man­age­ment and pro­mo­tional as­pects of be­ing a per­former.’’

Na­tional fi­nal­ists will also be in­vited to Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Waipapa marae for a week­end of mu­sic and men­tor­ing be­fore the fi­nals.

If Blue Rhythm were to win the na­tional fi­nal, their prize pack­age will in­clude a $10,000 song and video pack­age from NZ On Air and per­for­mance spots at some of the 2015/16 Auck­land sum­mer fes­ti­vals.

Jah Mon Fever, a group from Aotea Col­lege, were sec­ond equal with Aho Fitu from Ron­go­tai Col­lege in the Welling­ton re­gional fi­nals.

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