Coast­ella fes­ti­val gives stu­dents chance to learn

Kapiti Observer - - CONVERSATIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

‘‘It will be an in­stru­men­tal part in re­al­is­ing our vi­sion that the Ka piti Coast will be­come a hub for young cre­atives and Coast­ella will act as a plat­form to show­case this tal­ent.’’

Ka piti Coast pri­mary school stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to take part in work­shops with vis­it­ing Coast­ella Mu­sic Fes­ti­val artists, plus a chance to per­form live at the event next Fe­bru­ary.

The per­for­mances and work­shops will be led by Imon Starr (from the group Olmecha Supreme), who fuses el­e­ments of hip hop, jazz, reg­gae, blues and elec­tron­ica into a mu­si­cal genre known as ‘Afro Fu­tur­is­tic Roots Mu­sic’.

Coast­ella Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ‘s Com­mu­nity Mu­sic Ini­tia­tive is now in its sec­ond year.

Per­for­mances would be given at pri­mary schools through­out Ka¯piti, while work­shops would fo­cus on work­ing with year seven and eight stu­dents, teach­ing them to im­pro­vise lyri­cally while ex­plor­ing rhyme, rhythm, groove and tempo, within a rap/hip hop mu­si­cal back­ground.

Thirty stu­dents from each school with demon­strated abil­ity and in­ter­est in mu­sic and the arts would be cho­sen to at­tend the work­shops and one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each school would be cho­sen to per­form along­side Olmecha Supreme at the fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Gerry Paul said it was a way to help de­velop young emerg­ing artists.

‘‘It will be an in­stru­men­tal part in re­al­is­ing our vi­sion that the Ka piti Coast will be­come a hub for young cre­atives and Coast­ella will act as a plat­form to show­case this tal­ent.’’

At last week’s Welling­ton Air­port Re­gional Com­mu­nity Awards, Coast­ella Mu­sic Fes­ti­val won the Ris­ing Star Award, recog­nis­ing the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion made by fes­ti­val vol­un­teers.

This year more than 100 vol­un­teers col­lec­tively gave over 1000 hours to help de­liver the fes­ti­val. Vol­un­teers were re­spon­si­ble for a range of tasks in­clud­ing way-find­ing, tick­et­ing, vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion, artist-li­ai­son, wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion, park­ing and run­ning the Fun­zone.

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