07 Jun 2016
Kava Club is a Pacific and Māori arts collective based in Wellington which holds monthly arts events in the capital for artists and community. Kava Club has been supported by Creative New Zealand with a Quick Response grant towards monthly arts events that bring artists together for talks, knowledge-sharing, performances and collaborations. Kava club artists work across different artforms including music, dance, theatre, inter-arts, film, visual arts and multi-disciplinary. The events take place all over the city at various venues, from art galleries to open spaces to bars and the street.
Kava Club’s June event is a free music gig, ‘Ten Guitars’ at Moon Bar in Newtown, Wellington, Saturday 18 June 2016.
The line-up of talented musicians from around the way conjure up their own take on the song, “Ten Guitars” live for one night only. A response to a long relationship with a familiar tune from a bygone era, reinterpreted within the ‘space’ created by Kava Club for the evening, in which ever expressive form they would like to narrate and share with future generations.
On the decks playing music by indigenous and Pacific artists will be Anton 'MC Antsman' Carter, and debuting her talents as a Selecta, Welly's own chanteuse, Ladyfruit. Kava Club is also proud to announce live acts from Pacific Underground, recipients of the 2016 Lifetime achievement award at the annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards. Other performers include the smooth dulcet tones of Mara TK and the amazingly vibrant Maori Side Steps. Special guest DJ Linda T from Auckland art collective D.A.N.C.E. will be promoting the event Saturday day at a pop up site in Wellington city. There will also be guest appearances from other artists on the night.
In celebration there will be a special Kava Club pizza paired with Kereru's Wood Fired Toasted Coconut Porter.
The theme 'Ten Guitars' is in part a nod towards the popular Engelbert Humperdinck song. The them and art event also acknowledges kiwi crooners and entertainers such as the legendary Prince Tui Teka; talented opera singers Sol3 Mio and a response to Michael Parekowhai's Ten Guitars artwork (1999).
Venue: Moon Bar, 167 Riddiford Street, Newtown, 8pm onwards, 18 June 2016, FREE
Kava Club is funded by Creative NZ and with the continued support of Tautai Pacific Arts Trust - aiming to reach out to new audiences and artists.
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