“Look at the stars, look how they shine for you …..”
You could be forgiven for thinking Coldplay had Selevasio Tu’ima of St Paul's College in mind when they penned these lyrics.
Shine they did for him on Saturday as his cover version of Yellow won him the solo vocal award at Auckland Council’s annual Stand Up Stand Out secondary schools music and dance competition.
A finalist for the second year in a row, his performance has already been captured by the UK’s Telegraph and shared on their Facebook page with the line: “Let this lift your spirits - 14-year-old Selevasio Tu'ima sings an absolutely beautiful cover of Yellow by Coldplay.”
Judge Cherie Mathieson from Sola Rosa says she’s cherished watching the performers flourish over the course of the event.
“Right from auditioning to getting on the big stage on the finals night, the students have been incredible. It’s amazing watching them grow and rare to find an event that’s all about supporting young people as performers.”
A stand out dance performance from the finals saw Manurewa High School’s The Remake take out the dance category, winning by the narrowest of margins.
Former Black Grace dancer and judge, Joash Fahitua Tuugamusu, said the decision was close and came down to the wire, but noted “the improvement of this group from the semis to the finals was significant. There was energy, consistency and the group played to their strengths by choosing the right movements.”
Aorere College student Soakai Malamala won the solo instrumental on saxophone, the group vocal went to The Uzo’s from Avondale College, while Manurewa High School’s Blessed took out the band category.
With the support of Flava, Red Rat Clothing and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, the competition offers a unique chance to discover the next generation of music and dance talent.
The finalists competed for a share of the $6000 prize money and personal mentoring from industry experts.
New in 2017, the Stand Up Stand out All-Stars Band will feature students hand-picked from schools across Auckland. The band will work with a musical director to develop a set to perform at various summer events.