Dob­byn nur­tures tal­ent

New world of mu­sic for pair in ad roles

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Mak­ing mu­sic with a Kiwi leg­end was a Slice of Heaven for two Toko­roa su­per­mar­ket em­ploy­ees.

Dior Dou­ble and Nga­me­tua Lo­rangi re­cently swapped their ev­ery­day jobs for star­ring roles in an or­ches­tra play­ing in­stru­ments made of fruit and veg­eta­bles.

The New World Toko­roa em­ploy­ees were cho­sen to ap­pear in New World’s lat­est na­tional tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign af­ter their tal­ent was dis­cov­ered by Dave Dob­byn fol­low­ing a na­tion­wide au­di­tion tour of New World su­per­mar­kets.

Owner-op­er­a­tor of New World Toko­roa Da­mon Jakeman had no idea his staff mem­bers were so tal­ented.

‘‘It wasn’t un­til the an­nounce­ment for New World’s Got Tal­ent was made that I found out one of my staff had been play­ing the vi­o­lin for 11 years and an­other staff mem­ber sings weekly in a group. I would never have known had they not put them­selves for­ward.

‘‘I am re­ally happy for them and so is our team. It shows on a na­tional stage that we have some pretty tal­ented peo­ple.’’

The New World advertisement sees New World team mem­bers play­ing Slice of Heaven on mu­si­cal in­stru­ments made from ev­ery­day ob­jects that can be bought from New World.

Nga­me­tua Lo­rangi, 24, de­scribed be­ing part of the advertisement as ‘‘like a dream come true. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence blew me away. It is def­i­nitely some­thing I am never go­ing to for­get. The in­stru­ments were amaz­ing, I played a xy­lo­phone made out of glass bot­tles and it sounded so cool.’’

Dior Dou­ble swapped her clas­si­cal vi­o­lin for one made from a but­ter­nut pump­kin. ‘‘I never thought I would be in an or­ches­tra play­ing a veg­etable. It was heavy but so cool to be play­ing a pump­kin,’’ she said.

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