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ONZA Marimba Festival

Marimba Festival participants by Jo Charman

Auckland school children at The Marimba Festival. Photo: Jo Charman

Imagine the racket when almost 250 school children start hammering metallophones and bass marimbas. Spread the nippers out across almost 80 metres of Auckland dock-side and the cacophony is barely describable. The funny thing is you’ll be grinning and chuckling when you hear these youngsters beating curious and celebratory sounds from these basic instruments.

Courtney Barnett live session

Folks were desperate for concert tickets when this Melbourne based Tasmanian played a rammed pub show in Auckland recently. Luckily our resourceful man on the street Anthonie Tonnon nabbed the up and coming song-writer for a unique live session that includes a brand new tune from her yet to be released debut album.

Fiona Campbell of M’Lady’s Records

Melody Thomas heads to the Portland headquarters of independent radical feminist label M'lady's Records and meets with Kiwi co-owner and ex-Coolies drummer Fiona Campbell.

Fiona Campbell by Melody Thomas

Fiona Campbell. Photo: Melody Thomas