Bella Kalolo, Sydney Festival, Paramatta Opening Party, 10 January 2014

Imagine a perfect summer night filled with music, street theatre and amazing food. This was POP 2014. A festival for the whole family with Sydney Festival’s hottest acts for free including Bella Kalolo!


If you’re not well acquainted with the sounds of Bella Kalolo, then you’ve not experienced New Zealand Soul at its finest! Her velvety voice will explode into a soulful and passionate vocal spectacle that will leave you astonished and longing for more.

The Samoan, Tongan and Maori (Ngati Porou) soul sister has been handpicked to work with and support artists as diverse as Mos Def, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, the NZSO and Aaradhna.  Her role as a backing vocalist to the latter artist gave her the opportunity to extensively tour the USA in July/August this year alongside international R&B artist J Boog and Reggae favourites, Katchafire. Bella’s reputation as one of NZ’s most entertaining performers has earned her spots at Glastonbury, City of London Festival and closer to home: Parachute Festival and the huge Waitangi Day celebrations at Flatbush, Manukau.

Her debut album “Without The Paper” gained many positive reviews after its release in 2011 and 2013 will see a new release, “Time and Space EP” that offers 7 Disco, Pop, Soul laden tracks.

She is one of New Zealand’s most exciting artists and has worked extensively as a vocalist for the last ten years performing and/or recording with Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, the NZSO, Nathan Haines and more recently, Aaradhna.

Whether it’s her vibrant live shows or well-produced recordings that hook you in, rest assured, Bella Kalolo will always deliver top quality music for her audience. You will not be disappointed!

With the live and super-tight accompaniment of the band she calls the Soul Symphony, she comes across like one of James Brown’s funky divas. It really might be some lost vinyl nugget from the 70s, capturing that feeling with as muchauthenticity as a retro-soulster like Sharon Jones. – Nick Bollinger, Radio New Zealand Review

Espousing a mixture of Aretha Franklin/Jill Scott redolent soul (both classical and modern, yet with a pacific twist) and some rousing stand-up comedy, interspersed with touchingly personal emotional tales, Kalolo ripped through a sequences of songs off her debut album, Without The Paper, and threw a few tasty covers into the mix. – Martyn Pepperell, freelance journalist

Where: Paramatta CBD
When: 10 January 2013, 6pm-11pm
Tickets: Free entry

  • Date:  Saturday, 11 January 2014