Tama Waipara is festival director for the inaugural Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, which started last week and runs until October 20th. Featuring writers, performers and artists such as Nancy Brunning, Rob Ruha, Teeks, Anika Moa, Annie Crummer, Maisey Rika and Dave Dobbyn, it's "steeped in the local while connected with stories from across the country and the Pacific". Tama Waipara is of course an award winning performer himself. Once ranked as one of the world's top clarinet players, Tama's singer-songwriting career was jump-started when a fuse box fell on this head in New York. In 2014 Fill Up the Silence won the New Zealand Music Award for Best Roots Album.
9 Oct 2019