Block party brings lo­cal mu­sic to life

A day of mu­sic, play and food to cel­e­brate NZ Mu­sic Month and in­spire mu­si­cians

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By ASH­LEIGH COLLIS

Palmer­ston North’s Cole­man Mall will have a street party to­mor­row like no other.

In cel­e­bra­tion of Youth Week and NZ Mu­sic Month, or­gan­i­sa­tions have com­bined to bring you Manawatu¯ Block Party, a day of mu­sic and play, great food and cof­fee.

Block Party or­gan­iser Nat Scurr said the event was about bring­ing top-tier mu­si­cians to Palmer­ston North to in­spire lo­cal as­pir­ing mu­si­cians.

Cole­man Mall in the heart of Palmer­ston North will be blocked off for the day to­mor­row.

He said that the event had a dif­fer­ent edge from oth­ers in Palmer­ston North, with per­form­ers on the street at ground level, cre­at­ing an in­ti­mate en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can con­nect.

“We aren’t go­ing to be on a stage.

‘So

set your event re­minder on your smart­phone so you don’t miss that chance to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­ti­mate jam ses­sion where mu­si­cians will share their heart for mu­sic.’ or­gan­iser Natt Scurr

We’re on the ground, a real street party,” Nat said.

Jazz-in­flu­enced hip-hop pro­ducer and mu­si­cian Raiza Biza will be head­lin­ing the event and talk­ing about the chal­lenges of pur­su­ing mu­sic and also why it’s im­por­tant to him.

Raiza was born in Rwanda and moved to New Zealand at the age of 14.

He has just fin­ished tour­ing China and Europe and is com­ing along to per­form and min­gle with lo­cal mu­si­cians, and men­tor them with hints and tips on get­ting their mu­sic out into the world.

“So set your event re­minder on your smart­phone so you don’t miss that chance to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­ti­mate jam ses­sion where mu­si­cians will share their heart for mu­sic.”

Nat has been in­volved in the mu­sic in­dus­try for 20 years as an event co­or­di­na­tor, record­ing artist, pro­ducer and DJ.

In the early 2000s he came to Palmer­ston North where he cut his teeth in the mu­sic scene, be­fore mak­ing his way to Auck­land.

He re­turned to Palmer­ston North two years ago, where he iden­ti­fied a need for more lo­cal ur­ban mu­sic events.

He said throw­ing the Block Party was about giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity that helped to teach him.

In the lead-up to the party, Nat ran two work­shops, We Came To DJ, and We Came To Play with Youth Space.

He said that for youth, mu­sic is not just about a ca­reer path, it’s an art, an out­let for ex­pres­sion.

“I want to en­cour­age more youth to use it as an out­let,” he said.

Other mu­si­cians in the lineup are Nat Lover, Stan­ley Pedi­gree, Char­nao, Nate­sha, Turner Knows and DJ Teva.

Youth Space will also be host­ing a youth gala and bas­ket­ball in the street through­out the af­ter­noon.

Mu­sica kicks off at 6.30pm- 9.30pm.

BLOCK Party or­gan­iser Nat Scurr and youth ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Lucky Sione.

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