Here is our amazing line up from 2018 to give you an idea of the type of program we offer. Featuring a great combination of International, New Zealand and local performers.
Entertainment & Music Programme
Sika is a multi-instrumentalist performance artist. His instruments bridge us back to the timeless story of humanity’s relationship with sound. He has been offering concerts worldwide for over 25 years and weaves together sound, music and earth wisdom. Based in New Zealand, he is recognized by Māori, Native American and Aboriginal elders, including the Yuin tribe of South Australia. Today, besides being an internationally respected musician, Sika is considered a wisdom keeper. His sounds invoke a primal memory, which is common to us all. Sika tours internationally each year, primarily in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. His UK 2019 tour included numerous festivals and public events such as: Stonehenge, Carnglaze Caverns and The Royal Academy. He has recorded nine solo albums and collaborated on numerous projects with other artists around the world. Other notable landmarks in his extensive career include Westminster Abbey, The Commonwealth Institute and TePapa NZ National Museum. He has played extensively in Australia and made several U.S.A. tours.
For Prosad, life in music is international, spiritual and full of good vibrations. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and singer who has travelled the world sharing his unique blend of sitar, guitar, reggae and world music.
Inspired by legends like George Harrison, Prosad seeks to create a spiritual vibration in the mainstream music of his generation by blending Indian instruments with the western influences of rock, reggae, folk and blues.
On stage, Prosad is far outnumbered by his musical instruments but he brings them all together with looping: recording guitar, bass, sitar, flute, didgeridoo and more while soloing and singing over his spontaneous creations. He has performed in New Zealand, Australia, India, Holland, Paris, Portugal, Italy, Hawaii and many other countries.
A career highlight was performing in a stadium of 50,000 people at the Dhaka International Folk Festival in Bangladesh. The next day in the hotel, people were humming his melodies. During his travels, Prosad has collaborated with great artists like Grammy Award winner Chris Berry, Australian legend Xavier Rudd (on his album Spirit Bird) and many others.
He's been called "the Jimi Hendrix of electric sitar" and the "Jason Mraz of reggae". In his latest album, Prosad concentrates on combining all of his eclectic musical passions - mixing electric sitar with reggae and world music, creating a unique style that stretches the boundaries of musical genre. Artists like the Beatles, Bob Marley and Trevor Hall have each influenced his song writing. All of these musicians have successfully shared a spiritual message through their music and reached the mainstream. Prosad is here to do the same. With the addition of fifteen years of sitar study and inspired by the twenty plus years he spent studying with his spiritual teacher from the Himalayas, Prosad has a unique style of music and wisdom to share. “We create our own reality and we can manifest our dream-world together as one human family". Contagious and uplifting: That’s Prosad’s vibe.
Zambuko Marimba is the unexpected result of a Motueka Arts Council Winter Workshop series offered in 2015. Bridgit Knowles, a former member of long running Chimuka, directed by Russell Matthews, was invited to offer a six week workshop. Four years later we call ourselves Zambuko, meaning bridge in the Shona language. We like the idea that we are a bridge from the former group, and also the concept of bridging this cultural aspect of Zimbabwe and the Shona people with the West. The primary instrument for the Shona is the mbira, also known as the thumb piano. The main expression of this music in the West has been the marimba, in the African style. Marimba, an ancient word meaning “many tongues” attempts, to a degree, to simulate voices creating an intricate polyrhythmic weave, rhythmically anchored by the hosho (gourd shakers) player.The songs are for dancing, meditating or both; for connecting to one’s ancestral heritage and for uplifting and nourishing the spirit. Russell has also imparted his knowledge and respect with Zambuko for this music he was gifted from the Shona of Zimbabwe, and we too embrace the importance of understanding that this form is the heart and soul of the Shona people. Zambuko, as a group all recognise how the experience of this music that is undeniably joyful and simultaneously soulful has enriched our lives. We are also discovering the joy of sharing this unique music with the public.
In The Shallows is a Wellington based acoustic duo comprised of Danni Parsons and Lance Shepherd, specialising in atmospheric acoustic folk After meeting each other by chance in July 2019 and realising they share the same musical goals, Danni and Lance set about writing and recording a bunch of songs before the backdrop of Kapiti Island under the the name ‘In The Shallows’ Their etherial guitar moods and honest, sometimes heartbreaking vocal harmonies are reminiscent of an early Angus & Julia Stone with a touch of Everly Brothers’ catchiness around the edges Danni works mainly in film, theatre and television. Growing up in Wales, she has performed in musical theatre since she was 6 years old. Danni later went on to study music at Whitirea and in 2011 performed alongside other well accomplished NZ musicians, as a singer/songwriter in Wellington band 'Soul Caravan'. Danni has been writing for an acoustic folk duo for some time though, and finally that dream is realised in the forming of ‘In the Shallows’. Lance has worked as a professional musician/producer since leaving high school. Based in London through the 2000’s as a touring/recording guitarist with Martina Topley-Bird (ex Tricky) Lance has worked with a number of producers such as Johnny Dolla (Massive Attack) Leila Arab (Bjork) has played a number of high profile radio, television and live shows shows throughout Europe and the US including BBC2, France Inter, XFM, Later… With Jools Holland, Montreaux Jazz Festival and SXSW Since returning to NZ Lance has been on the look out for a vocalist of similar calibre to bring his musical ideas to life… Enter Danni and In The Shallows was born!
Sunny Ray creates soul sustaining heartfelt music to sooth and inspire. Filled with truth, beauty and courage that casts a vision bigger than a lifetime. Her smooth soul/folk/roots style and unique voice with high potency love infusions will leave your heart smiling.
Maori musician Matiu "The Hook" Te Huki is known for his amazing vocal skills and energy, his ability to powerfully connect with and lift a crowd with his mesmerising stage presence while fronting great bands or with his solid solo looping show.
With an impressive career spanning over a decade now and an epic 2018 tour across Australia's East coast in light of their Brotherhood E.P release. Knights of the Dub Table are back for a run of shows across regional New Zealand. Hailing from Hamilton City in New Zealand, and forming into Knights of the Dub Table in 2008 ‘The Horizon’ tour will be a high intensity show featuring three of the original members Mr Samy’Samson (Vocals, Guitar, DUB Table), Frank'anello (Guitar, Vocals) and Sax’imus (MC,Sax) and include the most recent member to the Knights, Black Jack (Vocals, Trumpet, Bass). People can expect a dynamic live show with inspiration from their homeland infused with uplifting grooves, live dubs, featured rocking guitar riffs including sassy reggae funk and an infectious sonic bassline. Top this off with soulful vocals and Hip-hop inspired MC notes and you have the sound of Knights of the Dub Table In the last 4 years Knights of the DUB Table have released 3 E.Ps being Dedication, Unity and Brotherhood. Compiling these E.Ps into one Album called D.U.B (Dedication, Unity, Brotherhood). Later in 2019 they plan to tour throughout New Zealand, Australia and Bail over 2020 summer. Over the past 10 years they've played at festivals such as Fritter Festival, Caloundra Music Festival (AUS), New Zealand Harvest Festival, Northern Bass and headlined Australia's Wallaby Creek Festival in 2018 plus many more.
Australian band Wild Marmalade are the pioneers of the didgeridoo and drum sound that is now a global phenomena. From their humble origins as street entertainers in the late 90s they have taken their unique brand of didgeridoo and drum dance music to stages, clubs and festivals the world over. Cirque du Soleil were one of the first to be interested in the Marmalade sound. Composer Benoit Jutras said after experiencing Wild Marmalade play for the first time that is it was "... the most uplifting, energetic live performance I saw in my life......A unique experience." With a strong following in Japan, Australia and Europe Wild Marmalade are the seed of a movement of people that have a taste for dance music played live with human energy and power. They regularly play at electronic dance music festivals such as Boom and Ozora and they have toured Japan and Europe every year since 2000. Every performance is a unique journey crafted specifically for the time, place and audience.
In a world where nearly everything is ordered and rehearsed, Wild Marmalade deliver a wholehearted journey into the present moment with a kind of reckless abandon that defies categorization. The band enter the show arena empty handed, no set list. no plan whatsoever, just free minds in a sea of energy, ready to go. Uplifting, inspired, human powered didgeridoo dance music unparalleled in the world today.
Redwood Reider is a spoken word poet known for inspiring and uplifting live audiences. Performances range from intimate mystical storytelling to fully charged eco-activist rhymes (and often all at the same time). Redwood frequently collaborates with live musicians, on stage and in the recording studio, weaving poems into grooving musical tapestries to help the medicine sink in. Redwood's rhymes grow out of a deep connection to earth, a love of community, and a passion for healing our inner and outer worlds. Words flow from the heart with humour and compassion – aiming to reconnect us all with our true nature. Common results of a live performance include open hearts and shining eyes.
Multi-Instrumentalist Carlos Riegel weaves music as a tapestry of worldly sounds, taking audiences on a musical journey unlike others. His unique style of Arabic/Flamenco/Classical Guitar, fused with Didgeridoo, Middle Eastern and West African rhythms, creates a trance-like state on the dance floor. “Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. The alchemy of sound flows as music in life, I seek harmony within that flow. Discovering ways of encapsulating vital energies into existence through sound, serving the purpose of music as a bridge between the spiritual and physical realms.”
- Kirtan7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- Opening Ceremony7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
- SikaSika concerts are a hypnotic, rhythmic story, full of beauty and shamanic ritual. Didgeridoo, drum and percussion made from shells, bones... even leaves, contrasted with soaring native flutes and the haunting voices of Maori Taonga Puoro. Natural instruments looped to create evocative, ancient soundscapes. The whole stage becomes his artistic canvas... he even jumps down to play among the audience.8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
- Prosad FreemanSitar meets guitar in reggae, world music & live looping. After 17 years of sitar study and festival performances around the world, including performing to 50,000 people in Bangladesh, Prosad’s one-man show features guitar, sitar, vocals, bansuri, m’bira, percussion and melodica. From lush soundscapes, to contagious reggae grooves and inspiring lyrics, Prosad loops everything live and takes you on a journey of the soul.9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
- Music in the Chai Tent10:45 pm - 11:45 pm
- TBC11:45 am - 12:45 pm
- Zambuko MarimbaA very upbeat, joyful and lively performance will likely have folks up dancing! There are at least nine of us playing our hand crafted wooden marimbas with colourful resonators. The baritone and bass are rather conspicuous in their size. The sound is big and rather unique as the music is from the Shona people of Zimbabwe. All performers play all the marimbas, so there is a bit of movement between each song. Singing is also involved in some of the pieces. Cover required in extreme heat/wet.1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- TBC2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
- In the ShallowsAcoustic Folk/Indie/country. Etherial guitar moods and honest, sometimes heartbreaking vocal harmonies are reminiscent of an early Angus and Julia Stone with a touch of Everly Brothers' catchiness around the edges.3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
- Sunny RayLive acoustic original solo music performance with conscious themes and a soul/folk/roots vibe. Family friendly.5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Matiu Te HukiThe soul stirring messages in Matiu's music are positive, inspiring and unifying. Matiu's soulful roots music has a strong Maori flavor, using haka, chants and traditional Maori instruments, backed by grabbing grooves, deep, beautifully crafted bass lines, funky rhythms and magical melodies that stay with you well after the show ends, all held up by a pillar of Pacific passion.6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
- Knights of the Dub TablePeople can expect a dynamic live show with inspiration from their homeland infused with uplifting grooves, live dubs, featured rocking guitar riffs including sassy reggae funk and an infectious sonic bassline. Top this off with soulful vocals and Hip-hop inspired MC notes and you have the sound of Knights of the Dub Table7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
- Wild MarmaladeIn a world where nearly everything is ordered and rehearsed, Wild Marmalade deliver a wholehearted journey into the present moment with a kind of reckless abandon that defies categorization. The band enter the show arena empty handed, no set list. no plan whatsoever, just free minds in a sea of energy, ready to go. Uplifting, inspired, human powered didgeridoo dance music unparalleled in the world today.8:45 pm - 10:00 pm
- TBC10:15 pm - 11:15 pm
- Music in the Chai Tent11:15 pm - 11:55 pm
- Redwood ReiderRedwood performs spoken word poetry backed by the funky acoustic grooves of a full live band. For this set I will be accompanied by Mad Hallelujah (guitars, bass, drums). The vibe is right for an afternoon/early evening set; some folks like to get up and dance when we play, while others like to lay back and marinate in the words. This set has met a loving reception at other recent festivals (Luminate, NZ Spirit Fest & more), always co-creating a joyous connected spirit with the crowd.11:45 am - 12:45 pm
- TBC1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- Carlos RiegelMulti-Instrumentalist Carlos Riegel2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
- TBC3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
- Hunter de Luz ( Karen Hunter )5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Closing Ceremony5:00 pm - 6:00 pm