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Music in Parks brings this summer’s soundtrack to parks

Published: 15 December 2020

Some of the coolest summer beats and brooding new melodies come from the youngest talent on our Music in Parks stages this summer.

2020 was a challenging year for our young people but it didn’t stop them making extraordinary music.

Twelve of the acts discovered at Stand Up Stand Out 2020 will perform live at Auckland Council’s 43rd Music in Parks series this summer, supported by iHeartRadio.

You’ll hear original retro rock, pop songs with a new Pacific vibe, and emotion-filled originals crafted in lockdown, among many other genres and styles.

It’s the silver lining these young people had hoped for.

Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee says: “We would like to congratulate all of the students who took part in SUSO this year, their teachers, whānau and schools. You have all shown immense resilience and an unwavering love of music.”

You heard it here first!

Listen to Maretta Brown from St Mary’s College and Marianne Leigh from Baradene College of the Sacred Heart. Hear them sing below:

Hear young voices from the school which inspired Spilt Enz – Sacred Heart College. Listen to Black, White and Brindle with a ‘50s inspired original and Eugene Odiaz with a ukulele driven pop number.

Enjoy the extraordinary harmonies of Bernard Luaiva, Jeffrey Tuiaki and Sisilia Tauataina from Manurewa High School here. Hip hop is represented through YGB + Blind Prodigy and Fa'amanu Fuilala, also from the music stronghold Manurewa High School.

Top original artists nurtured at the power-house music department of Papatoetoe High School are soloist Mayank Kumar and band Jam and Jelly.

And hitting the big-time, stand-out SUSO star from Papatoetoe High School, Ozarius Tu’ua, performed with Team Dynamite at an occasion hosted by Ladi6 while Maretta Brown and Janayah featured on Radio New Zealand’s First Song:

Stand Up Stand Out and Music in Parks are proudly brought to the region by Auckland Council.

Both programmes celebrate Auckland’s status as a UNESCO City of Music.

Read more: Summer Music

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