JGeeks a hit with Victory kids

TV stars visit school ahead of Nelson gig

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 07:53 27/02/2013
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CLASS CLOWNS: Eru Bennett-Paul, left and Jermaine Leef, of the group JGeeks entertain children at Victory School as part of their preparation for their show at the Trafalgar Centre

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OUT IN THE OPEN: JGeeks' Eru Bennett-Paul, left Marino Taiatino and Jermaine Leef go for a walk around the playground at Victory School.

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Kids love them.

Victory School went mad for them, and judging by the comments on their Facebook page JGeek and the Geeks are a hit with adults too.

The "metro Maori" group was in Nelson to kick off its South Island tour with a concert at Trafalgar Centre last night.

The group has been together for three years but built a following through appearing as finalists on TV One's hit show New Zealand's Got Talent.

JGeeks have also built a massive following through up-loading their clips to You Tube.

The Auckland-based trio's hit Maori Boy has had 1.3 million hits on the video viewing site.

The group also has more than 83,000 followers on social media network Facebook.

JGeeks members and good mates Jermaine Leef, Marino Taiatini and Eru Bennett-aul.

Leef, comes from a radio and television background, having presented for C4 and the Disney channel.

He said his aim with the group was to produce creative, innovative entertainment for a growing new audience using social media.

He described their performance as fusing dance, Maori culture, comedy, improvisation, new age entertainment and a lot of audience participation.

"We take the old and the new and make them dance together."

Yesterday morning they delighted students at Victory School, visiting different classrooms.

The band spent Monday night at the Victory Community Centre marae style, they had arranged the place to crash through their connection with the Maori Wardens.

Leef said their North Island tour - where they performed 26 shows in 30 days - was a hit, attracting good crowds.

"It's basically social media. We have fluked this whole tour."

The audience turnout at all their shows so far had been a pleasant surprise, he said.

With a large part of the show based on audience participation, Leef said the different audiences in the different parts of New Zealand meant the show was always different.

"That's what keeps us on our toes."

New Zealand's Got Talent performer Tawaroa Kawana also took part in the show - singing between acts.

The group was enjoying the different crowds and was excited to see what Nelson and the South Island would show them.

Their South Island tour is also demanding with 12 shows in 12 days.

Yesterday JGeeks visited classrooms at Victory Primary School and hang out with classes getting some exercise in the playground.

Room 7 pupils were excited about the boys stopping by their classroom.

Teacher Miranda Hart-Tava said her class had been hanging out the window trying to catch a glimpse of the stars.

They were familiar with the group through New Zealand's Got Talent and watching their clips on You Tube.

"The kids love them."

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