Multicultural concert breaks boundaries
New music, new instruments, new people — this is the motto of the upcoming multicultural concert Beyond Boundaries put together by Waikato newcomer band Moksha Base to make the Waikato music scene more diverse. The Boost Arts fundraiser allowed the Indian classical, rock and hip-hop band to put together the concert featuring eight music acts in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at Waikato University on May 1. Bands from all over the North Island are travelling to the Waikato for this concert. Singer, choreographer and rapper of Moksha Base, Siva Kumar says: “We want to bring different bands, cultures and music together and give them a stage to mix and learn.” Apart from Moksha Base, the diverse line-up features Mel B Libre, a Filipino musician, Rotorua and Maori musician Anahera Rangitoheriri as well as Hungarian rock band Kabala. Also, Auckland Jazz band Tribus, Rotorua Nepali musician Pravanjan Baskota, Hamilton Opera singer Ellis Carrington, singer/ songwriter and pianist, guitarist, ukulele player Sofia Hassounia will be performing on stage. Kiwi singer Seralynne is coming all the way from Wellington to take part in the concert. “At first sight we all seem so different, but our common language is music,” Kumar says.