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Yami Music Summit Back for Wanaka in May

Kings, Bella Kalolo, Laughton Kora, Tiki Taane, P Digsss, Cath Andersen, David Ridler, Warren Maxwell and Barnaby Weir are just a fraction of the artists and panellists who will descend upon Wanaka to tutor, speak and perform at Yami Sounz Summit during May’s NZ Music Month.

Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc organisers have just announced the evening performances open to the public. Nominated for Best Hip Hop Artist, Best Solo Artist and People’s Choice, Kings (along with guests) will perform with his live band in Wanaka for the first time, at Lake Wanaka Centre on Saturday 11th May, while the Yami Showcase on Sunday 12th May features Tiki Taane, Laughton Kora, and tutors and participants from the weekend.

YAMI (Youth & Adults in the Music Industry) is a biennial summit of workshops and panels for young and used-to-be-young musicians, engineers, producers, writers and promoters, where 150 people from throughout the land converge upon the town. 2019 will be the fourth Yami Sounz Summit. Bella Kalolo is on board as tutor for her first Yami Summit, guiding the back-up singers, alongside P Digsss (Shapeshifter, Peacekeepers).

Director Lynne Christie confirms the summit itself has sold out, citing a “ridiculous amount of repeat offenders, returning for their third or fourth time to learn from NZ’s top musical and industry luminaries”.

Spokesperson Abbey Lewis says, “There are always a lot of unexpected collaborations on the Sunday Showcase night – the level of talent is unbelievable”.

With all profits from the summit going to music education in the region, Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated also stages the biennial Tuki Festival at Glendhu Bay. Christie applauds the level of community and volunteer support. “We have tutors, techs, MAC students, and an amazing array of local volunteers who understand the need to support creative minds.”

The funding support from Recorded Music NZ, QLDC, Lake Wanaka Tourism and New Zealand Music Commission confirms the level of growth, and recognition for what the weekend summit offers the area.

Such topics as “Music Technology, I Wanna DJ!” and “Writing for Other People”, make up some of the 24 choices students have, once they arrive at the Centre at the summit’s beginning.

The music summit takes place in Lake Wanaka Centre on May 11th and 12th. Although it is sold out, Event Manager Josephine Gallagher confirms there are still some Day Passes available.

Tickets to the public performances are available from March 28th through The Ticket Fairy and