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Whitireia music students show their talent on stage

Apr 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News


GUITARIST Nigel Ngahiwi is not letting the fact he is blind get in the way of a music career.

Nigel is one of many student musicians who will be playing at the Wellington music venues on a regular basis as part of the Whitireia music school programme.

San Francisco Bathhouse last month hosted the first of the shows, which help the students adapt to live performances.

Nigel seemed at ease with the atmosphere and his bands performance.

“We’ve practised as much as we can, and we’re ready,” he said.

The 42-year-old, who lost his sight in an accident as a teenager, played guitar in his band Batron in the radio hits genre.

Batron performed singles such as Don’t forget your roots, by New Zealand hip-hop band SixSixty.

He said they had practised and played at gigs previously, but still had the jitters.

The first event had a $5 entry fee, with a cheaper charge for other music students.

All the money goes into funding for Whitireia’s music school.

The bands range from blues to metal, with six separate acts categorised in genres and competing at different levels of study.

Whitireia Music School co-manager Gloria Hildgred was excited about her students performing with a crowd.

“For many of them here it’s their first time on stage.

“Some of these students haven’t played like this, and they just got into the spirit of it.”

Blues Band Death Angels, pictured below, are veterans of performance, having formed in their senior years of high school.

“We’ve played heaps. We just don’t get nervous anymore.”

The students played from 8.30pm to 11pm, to an ecstatic audience.

Jareth Black, a friend of the performers, was impressed after hearing the first few acts.

“I’ve been to these things before and they’re good.”

The next major event is a series of performances at Pataka from April 19 to May 6 for New Zealand Music Month.

The student bands will be performing again at the San Francisco Bathhouse on June 7 and August 30.




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