MANGERE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR CHRISTCHURCH TERRORIST ATTCKS
As a proud Māngere born and raised community artist, it was only fitting after the recent terrible terrorist attack on our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch to attend our local Māngere candlelight vigil at Robertson Road Park stadium on the 19th March to film our beautiful community coming together in solidarity. After the event, it was straight back to the studio for a quick edit and colour grade, before setting it against a beautiful track, “Be Right There”, a track I am very proud of producing, arranging and writing alongside my musical family, The Hypnotics.
Our love, alofa, aroha to all those affected by this tragic event. LOVE will always overcome hate, and LIGHT will always overcome darkness.
UNDER THE ‘AU - (THE GUERRILLA COLLECTION)
My latest work as a Creative Director/ Music and Visual Producer collaborating with four amazing Black Grace dancers for the inaugural Guerrilla Collection Festival.
Created a 30 minute multimedia sound design-video backing track for the Black Grace dancers out of rare and exclusive samples recorded from my travels with the prestigious Su’a Suluape traditional Sāmoan tattooing clan and the AF101 indigenous cultural revival programme.
Also had the talented Isitolo Alesana, SNARE & DOK II help out on the soundtrack. Under the ‘Au was free to attend at the ASB Waterfront Theatre as part of The Guerrilla Collection Festival. Saturday 3 November 8-8:30pm and Sunday 4 November 4-4:30pm.
4 THA LUMANA’I
Live performance connecting traditional Sāmoan oratory and contemporary hip hop lyricism “4 THA LUMANA’I” is a celebration of the parallels, similarities and differences between the two worlds of Fa’asāmoan and Hip Hop Urban culture, with a specific focus on the use of language, lyricism, wordplay and oratory. It is an intergenerational conversation between the old school and the new. Between indigenous ‘traditional’ Sāmoan ethnic culture and Hip Hop urban social culture.
It is part of the ongoing conversation of what is even considered traditional anymore in an ever evolving and globalised landscape. It is a conversation between analogue and digital signals. It is a conversation between communities. It is the physical conversation between the cast on stage and our digital cast of archival sound recordings and location samples, some from over a century ago. The title of this work in Sāmoan means “For the future”. In addition to it’s entertainment value, we also hope for it to double as an inspiring resource for future generations to help understand the ‘heart’ of the customs depicted in this work, as interpreted and reimagined by our amazing cast of industry and community volunteer performers, all under the umbrellaship guidance of our community elders.
The word “lumana’i” is also a reference to the word “lumen”, the measurement unit of light, which is quite appropriate for this production given its video projection elements. This ‘projection’ in itself however, is also a double meaning for the work. Though the show obviously features the physical video projection, it is also a forecast and ‘projection’ of how this generation would like to see our real world analogue Fa’as¯amoa and Hip Hop customs navigating into the increasingly digital future that our children are growing up in.
4 Tha Lumana'i was presented as part of the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival Whānui programme at the Mangere Arts Centre 22-24 March. Photos courtesy of Raymond Sagapolutele.
Been a long time in the concept...can't give away too much right now...but we are super excited to soon announce a major new creative multi-media theatre work that will debut in March 2018.
Will be making an official call out for expressions of interest and community involvement for this project soon.