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With no limitations in his vocabulary of music, KUPE will set your Soul free. The Whanganui based Native, Folk Soul singer, takes off with the release of his EP, self titled ​’KUPE’. ​ New to the Aotearoa music scene, ​KUPE’s ​ music will take his listeners and viewers on a journey both lyrically and musically through harmony and sound using influences from an amalgamation of ​Piano, Taonga Puoro and Acoustic Guitar, ​ but primarily Acoustic Guitar driven. ​KUPE’s ​ intention is not only to create music that will last a lifetime, but his music will be both honest, thought provoking and uplifting.

Growing up in the river city, ​KUPE’s ​ first encounter of a musical instrument was when he was 5 years old, his Dad had a Tama drum kit, which was a royal blue and situated in the corner of their lounge, which ​KUPE ​ recalls sitting on his Dad’s lap, trying to play a basic beat. As time went on he would encounter his Dads numerous band practices which continued to fuel his fire for music.

At the age of 14 years old, ​KUPE ​ had his next musical opportunity where he was to learn the acoustic guitar. This led to numerous influences from Pink Floyd, Joe Satriani, Queen, Bob Marley, Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Beethoven, Rage against the machine among many more.
It wasn’t until 2010 that ​KUPE’s ​ real musical journey started with busking in Whanganui. This led to ​KUPE ​ being invited to numerous gigs in Whanganui from Art Gallery openings and exhibitions to being a support act for events, collaborations with a range of composers and bands and even making New Zealand’s Got Talent, grand finals in 2013, with his band The Black Trio.

EP LAUNCH: Saturday 7th December

Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

$10 per person*

*As a limited seated venue we recommend pre-purchasing as we cannot guarantee door sales email to do so.

Sound Sessions, Castlecliff Lights supported by Dylan Stanford, October 2019. Photographer: Sarah Williams

Sound Sessions, AWA, August 2019. Photographer: Sarah Williams

Sound Sessions, Terry Sarten & John Scudder, June 2019. Photographer: Sarah Williams

Sound Sessions, Broken Lexicon, May 2019. Photographer: Sarah Williams

Space Studio & Gallery Re-Launch & La Fiesta! 10th Anniversary, February 2019. Photographer: Kirsty Melville.

24-Hour Art Jam, 2018, Fundraising Event and Auction for the Women’s Network Whanganui. Photographer: Gail Imhoff