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Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:32 am

WATCH: Soul star leads a new pack of stars at Whitireia Music School

AN appreciative crowd of about 300 people packed a sold-out James Cabaret for Bella Kalolo & The Whitireia Soul School.

Soul-singer Kalolo, has been giving guidance to the music degree students of Whitireia over the past month and the result was a one-off gig last week.

Four bands were split evenly across two sets, with the brass ensemble sticking it out for the full two hours.

Vocalists took turns to do backing vocals and take lead, some on their own, some with one another, and some lucky enough to duet with Kalolo.

The humble Kalolo also provided backing vocals when allowing the young musicians their spot in the limelight.

Arguably the show could have been renamed The Whitireia Soul School featuring Bella Kalolo.

It was a perception held by Kalolo herself – she was singing the praises of the students and faculty.

“It’s not about me tonight, it’s about these guys,” Kalolo said as she led the plaudits on stage.

The confidence levels were high among all of the performers on a stage crammed for space.

The students performed some originals along with well-known classics such as Hit the road Jack, Heard it through the grapevine, and Ain’t no mountain high enough.

Kalolo took her turns to take centre-stage, notably with her funky hit Without the paper, thrilling the spectators with her dance moves during the performance.

The renditions were well received by the crowd, an enthused collective formed a dance floor in front of the stage midway through the second set.

The audience were sold on the soul factor, but were also treated to a concoction of jazz, R&B, funk, ballads, and hip hop.

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