Cross-genre concert offers intriguing mix

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 14:30 10/02/2014
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Musician and producer Anonymouz, left, with Smashproof member Tyree Niue.

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Putting bagpipes, barbershop, hip-hop and school choirs in a blender might sound like a recipe for musical catastrophe.

However, co-ordinators of the Southland Festival of Arts are promising a "cross-genre" concert, featuring everything from pipe bands to a capella groups, will be something special.

The concert, to be held at Stadium Southland in May, will involve about 200 people from a variety of southern musical groups.

Venture Southland creative project manager Angela Newell said the different community groups would not be performing separate items as in a variety show, but would be working together as a unified band to perform well known songs.

Auckland-based musician and producer Matthew Faiumu Salapu, known professionally as Anonymouz, had been charged with the task of arranging the music and fusing the varying genres of music, Ms Newell said.

Anonymouz is an internationally recognised hip-hop musician and the course mentor of a project combining the music of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with the music of young people making hip-hop.

He will visit Invercargill next week to meet with group leaders and begin working through the process of combining the different music styles.

The 2014 Southland Festival of the Arts runs from April 24 to May 22.

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- The Southland Times

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