May 5, 2022, 7:16 p.m.
Sweet melodies and tough tunes filled the air approaching the Karikari Hall as rangatahi around the motu came together to take part in a 3 day music wānanga, preparing for the 'Tangata Beats' competition 2022.
From aspiring rappers to future homegrown bands, the range was filled as youth performed infront of their peers. Soli Fox, a student at Taipa Area school, thoroughly enjoyed this experience, pushing him closer to where he wants to be.
“I really like doing these things. All the ones I’ve gone to have been really fun and I really wanna keep doing them. Every one of these have taught me lots.”
“I just wanna keep making music though, keep writing and keep performing” said Fox.
Assisted by mentors from all backgrounds, from all corners of Aotearoa. The rangatahi have been putting in extra work to prepare their performances come June, when the festival is due to go live. Jessica Bailey, Education Manager for the NZ Music Commission is really pleased to see the results of this Wananga.
“It's been a lot of fun. Incredibly loving and supportive and yeah, everyones digging deep.”
As New Zealand tunes into 'NZ Music Month', more kaupapa like this wānanga are sure to keep our rangatahi playing to the beat of their hearts.