(Clockwise from top left) Azhar Khan – aspires to be an upcoming Indian version of Stephen King.
Cinta To`a is a performer and dancer as well as a writing student; she has an obsession for all things fantasy and bubble tea.
Damian Pereira is a dude from Mangere who has too much time on his hands so he writes, about family, friends and anything else that makes him feel something.
Gabriel Faatau’uu-Satiu is of Samoan descent, raised in Porirua, Wellington, but lives in Manukau. He is passionate about Pasifika storytelling and is an emerging playwright and screenwriter.
Kyla Dela Cruz is a performance and page poet. She appeared in the Auckland Theatre Company production, Mouth, Tongue, Teeth in 2017, won the 2016 Rising Voices Poetry Slam. When she’s not writing she is playing with her toughest little dog, Coco.
Tsitsi Mapepa writes poetry, fiction, and recently, journalism. She is a mother of three who loves the magic of putting letters together.
Marcus Hawkins (not pictured) – writes fiction and poetry. He has a Bachelor in Communications from MIT, and is currently making creative work with a marae-based group at MIT.
Feature-length is 35 minutes.
Our muso is Adam Ogle (holding guitar). Adam is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist. Progressing from playing in pubs in Whangarei to performing at festivals such as Prana and the Auckland Folk Festival. His first love is the guitar, but after being, somewhat forcibly, urged to pursue singing (thanks mum), has slotted into the singer/songwriter role.
Adam has composed music for theatre companies such as Auckland Theatre Company and Company of Giants, also touring around the world with Indian Ink Theatre Company.
Passionate vocals paired with intricate guitar work help Adam perform songs varying in genre from classic folk, old-time Americana, southern gothic, and bluegrass.
All welcome on open mic. 5-minute max.
Our guest musician this week is Emma Cooper-Williams, Emma is a singer songwriter who has been writing and performing her own music for the past nine years. Her biggest achievement has been winning the Play It Strange Peace Competition in 2014, which gave her the opportunity to spend 6 weeks playing music in Japan. In February she released her debut EP titled ‘A Reminder’, and has played at numerous events, including the Arts Access Awards held at the New Zealand Parliament in August 2018.
“Bobandii is the Warkworth born artist who resides within the local hiphop scene, focusing on pushing multidisciplinary forms of media.
After releasing two full length projects, Of the Forest (2017) and Luminescence (2018) Bobandii is focusing on personal growth within his many different forms of expression.”
Him AKA Jazmine Rose Phillips is a musician and performance artist. She seeks to embrace the grit and beauty of the human experience. Her creations use pleasure, pain, sound, spoken word, film, ritual and the female body/experience to evoke her audience to embody their emotional selves. her latest release “Kissing girls in the temple.” can be found here himsounds.bandcamp.com
Nick Brightwell is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist. A 2 time winner at the New Zealand Gold Guitar awards, Nick’s performance is easy to listen to and a joy to experience. While he studied his art intensively in America at The University of Wisconsin, his repertoire is made up of music from around the world; Celtic, Blues and Country styles are all represented. Nick’s performance is a exploration of the limits of what the guitar can do, as well as a presentation of well-loved music.
For as long as she could talk and reach the keys on the piano Karen has had something to do with music. From writing her first songs at age 8, to studying with the likes of the late Jack Body in Wellington music has been her happy place and a powerful way to express thoughts. She grew up listening to Western Classical music with a grandmother who was generous and took her to numerous concerts. Later she studied Javanese Gamelan in Wellington and in more recent years she has followed her interest in Indian Classical music with Ustad Manjit Singh ji in Auckland.
She is looking forward to sharing some of her own songs, others which have been an go-to from various genres.
Open Mic: all welcome to read/perform – 5 minutes max
Koha please for our wonderful guests
MC Kate Kelly