2 Feb 2015
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If you’re not acquainted with Bella Kalolo, then you’ve not experienced New Zealand soul at its finest! This Samoan, Tongan and Maori (Ngati Porou) singer songwriter has been handpicked to work with artists as diverse as Fat Freddy’s Drop, Hollie Smith, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, Nathan Haines, Aaradhna, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Bella's reputation as one of NZ’s most entertaining performers has earned her spots at Glastonbury, the City of London Festival, Divas in Paradise, and closer to home, the 2014 Sydney Music Festival where she sang with the legendary Chaka Khan. She has also performed at the Parachute Festival and the huge Waitangi Day celebrations at Flatbush, Manukau.
Bella was awarded Best Female Vocalist at the 2012 and 2014 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards.
Growing up around music set Bella on an exciting voyage sharing her talent with the world - from performing with Paraguayan Top 10 band Dos Tribus at the age of 17, to working in television (Dancing with the Stars), movies (Sione's Wedding, Matariki) and theatre (Disney's Lion King and Auckland Theatre Company’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hair, and Little Shop of Horrors) through to being invited on stage to sing at Soulfest last year with American soul singer, Angie Stone.
As well as much loved soul classics, Bella sings her own compositions on this tour, and is accompanied by two of New Zealand's finest musicians - Andy Mauafua on guitar (Iva Lamkum, Aaradhna, Brooke Fraser, Annie Crummer) and, from 10 March onwards, Darren Mathiassen on drums (Shapeshifter, Iva Lamkum, Hollie Smith).
Bella was a popular performer with Arts On Tour NZ in 2013. We’re proud to tour her again.
For more information, contact:
Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison
03 355 2691, 021 126 5738
Steve Thomas, Arts On Tour NZ Trust
Thursday 5 March Mapua
Dinner from 6pm; Show 8pm
The Playhouse Theatre
$20. Book: The Playhouse
Saturday 7 March 8pm Onekaka
Book: The Mussel Inn
Tuesday 10 March 7.30pm Invercargill
SIT Centrestage Theatre
Book: Ticketdirect or Cue TV
Wednesday 11 March 7.30pm Cromwell
The Moorings Conference Centre, Pisa Moorings
Adults $25; Super Gold $20; Student/child $5
Book: Cromwell i-Site
Thursday, 12 March 8pm Fairlie
Venue Old Library Café
Bookings for dinner essential. Tel: 03 685 8999
Friday 13 March 7.30pm Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
$25; Members $20
Book; Ashburton Trust Event Centre Box Office
Saturday 21 March 8pm New Plymouth
4th Wall Theatre
$30 Book: www.4thwalltheatre.co.nz
Sunday 22 March Hastings
Play House Theatre
$29; $25 Concession
Or Hastings Community Arts Centre 106 Russell St
Wednesday 25 March 7pm Opotiki
De Luxe Theatre Church St
$22; Children $10
Book: Travel Shop
Thursday 26 March 7.30pm Tauranga
Tauranga Art Gallery
$25/$20 Friends of the Gallery and Students
Book: Tauranga Art Gallery
Friday 27 March 7.30pm Coromandel
Coromandel Bowling Club Woollams Ave
$25; $20 Concession
Book: Coromandel Information Centre
Saturday 28 March 8pm Hamilton
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Waikato University
Adults $30; Concessions $25; Groups 4+ $20; Students $10
Book: www.waikato.ac.nz/academy or 07 858 5100
Sunday 29 March 2pm Kaikohe
Taraire Block Winery
$20pp (BYO or Winery sales)
Book: Passion8 or Hidden Treasures Kaikohe
About Arts On Tour New Zealand
Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and support from Interislander and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to audiences rather than the other way round.