Taking place in the largest Pacific city in the world, The Guerrilla Collection explores the future of Auckland city through a uniquely Pacific lens. Uniting Pacific artists from across multiple disciplines to create fresh, engaging and excellent Pacific art in collaboration with Black Grace dance artists, each piece explores a particular area of our society and what this might look like in 30 years.
While movement forms the backbone of the festival, Black Grace have joined forces with some of Aotearoa’s best musicians to launch this ground-breaking festival – including Bella Kalolo and Anonymouz.
Bella Kalolo (Ngāti Porou/Samoa/Tonga) is a much-loved artist and creative force in Aotearoa’s music industry, known for her velvety voice that has graced a prolific number of recordings and stage performances over the years. This includes sessions and performances with local and international artists from Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, Fat Freddy’s Drop, the NZSO, and Nathan Haines to legendary soul artist Chaka Khan, Mos Def and more. It would be almost impossible not to have heard Kalolo’s soulful backing buried deep within the great New Zealand songbook over the past decade. In 2012, Kalolo was honoured at the Pacific Music Awards with ‘Best Female Artist’ following the release of her debut album Without Paper. Her work has extended into the TV and Film sector, working on THREE’s Dancing with the Stars and featuring in kiwi classic, Sione’s Wedding. She joins Paul Fagamalo for The Guerrilla Collection in a performance called ‘Uplift’, on at 5pm on Friday 3rd.
Faiumu Matthew Salapu, better known as Anonymouz, is a Sound & Music Producer with work that spans traditional music composition and production through to experimental avant garde sound art. Working as a producer on tracks for many NZ Urban music artists, Anonymouz is a frequent collaborator with Tha Movement and The Hypnotics, as well as J Williams, Adeaze, and Yung Lb. Alongside radio play-listed productions, his work can also be heard every four minutes on Pacific radio in the imaging that he has created for Pacific Media Network’s NIU FM and Radio 531 PI. Anonymouz has also worked alongside many NZ creative institutions and organisations, including working as the was Music Director for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's international UNESCO award winning APO Remix music programme, ultimately producing the single Red Lights by 19 year-old R’n’B singer Ellaphon Tauariki which was released in 2016. Before that, he was appointed by Auckland Council in 2014 to oversee the production of permanent soundscapes for the new Glen Innes Music and Arts centre facility Te Oro. He also attended the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts in Guåhån (Guam) as part of the Aotearoa delegation, premiering a new soundscape work at the Guam Museum exclusively created from audio samples recorded around the island. Of Sāmoan descent, and born and raised in South Auckland, this will be Anonymouz’s first collaboration with Black Grace. His work, Under the ‘Au' imagines a future centred on the ‘tatau’ (or ‘mālōfie’) process, a sacred age-old traditional Sāmoan hand tapped tattoo’ing ritual – showcased at 8pm on Saturday 3rd and 4pm on Sunday 4th.
Unlike anything else, The Guerrilla Collection provides unparalleled levels of access with the festival being free for all. Come down to ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter from November 2nd - 4th to join us for the inaugural outing of The Guerrilla Collection, or head to guerrillacollection.com for more details and the full schedule.