HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 608: 21 March 2012

Divas gear up to shake the crowd
Gearing up to set Friday night off at Club Raro in Tupapa with a pop the Divas in Paradise ladies have landed on the Rock and are excited to shake the crowd for the second year since the concerts inception. Crowds are assured an electrifying show with a huge line up boasting a mixture of both New Zealand and local talent consisting of our very own soul and reggae artist Credence Pita, aka Cre, best female vocalist of the Waiata Maori awards Kirsten Te Rito, indie future-soul rock musician Iva Lamkum and a woman who needs little introduction, returning to perform for a second time Ladi6.
Although a first to the Cook Islands for both Lamkum, Te Rito the four female vocalists together will bring an eclectic mix of soul, reggae, funk and hip hop to Friday nights highly anticipated gig of the year. Lamkum, of Samoan Chinese descent, arrived in the Cook Islands fresh from South Korea off the end half of a world tour circuit performing at both the Ulsan world music festival and Jarasum International Jazz festival. “It was great to experience the different culture,” Lamkum says of her time abroad. While Te Rito who released her debut album ‘Te Rito’ in July and found herself pleasantly “surprised” to receive the title of best female vocalist of the Waiata Maori Music Awards in September of this year, only two short months after its release.
New Zealand female vocalist and hip hop heavy weight Ladi6 who walked away with not one but two of the highly acclaimed New Zealand music awards for 2011 winning the title of ‘Best Female Solo Artist’ and ‘Best Urban/Hip Hop Album’, has returned for a second time to join the Divas in Paradise concert and is looking forward to meeting with her crowd once again.
The four divas will be bringing a range of different vocals and experience to the stage on Friday and for local song bird Credence Pita, Cre, she’s looking forward to officially introducing herself to a Cook Islands audience who jumped at the rare opportunity for an emerging artist as herself to join the Diva’s line up, “this will be my first ever proper show,” Cre says.
As part of Motone Productions collaborative work with Cook Islands Tourism and TVNZ’s Good Morning Show team will be present to film the concert in what has been aired in New Zealand as a competition prize pack to help showcase and profile the Cook Islands thriving tourism industry on the New Zealand market. While here the Good Morning team will also feature a number of stories on the Cook Islands arts, culture, and cuisine. -Maria Tanner

Herald Issue 608 21 March
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