Opening the Festival with class and style, one of the most distinctive soul singers of Aotearoa New Zealand graces the Great Hall stage alongside a lineup of top vocalists and musicians for one night only.
After a sold-out headline performance at the Wellington Jazz Festival in 2021, multi-award-winner Whirimako Black (MNZM) (Ngāi Tūhoe) brings her “spirit, passion, confidence” (Scoop) with dynamic performance energy and dulcet tones, performing original material as well as jazz standards in both te reo Māori and English. Joining this legend onstage are bilingual vocal stars Allana Goldsmith (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tai ki Tōrere) and Leon Wharekura (Ngaati Mahuta, Ngaati Whaawhaakia, Waikato), with musical director extraordinaire, Dixon Nacey (Mangaia, Rarotonga). Rich and versatile sounds of soul, jazz, and more abound in this not-to-be-missed music spectacular.
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