Guest Artists 2020

Bella Kalolo


The Samoan, Tongan and Maori (Ngati Porou) soul sister worked with and supported artists as diverse as Ciara, Mos Def, Renee Geyer, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, Chaka Khan and most recently with John Mayer at his Spark Arena Auckland show.

She has performed at Glastonbury, City Of London Festival, Sydney Festival, Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta and, closer to home, Tauranga Jazz Fest, Waiheke Jazz Fest, Parachute Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, and the Waitangi Day celebrations at Flatbush, Manukau.

With two acclaimed releases under her belt Without the Paper (2011) and Time and Space EP (2013), Bella was awarded Best Pacific Female artist in the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards in 2012 and 2014.

After Bella’s performance at the Sydney Festival Launch in 2014, soul legend Chaka Khan invited her to perform 'I'm Every Woman' at with her at a free concert at The Sydney.

Bella also performed in Soulfest, New Zealand's first soul festival in October 2014. The lineup included D'Angelo, Maxwell, Common and Angie Stone, who invited her on stage to sing backing vocals to her famous song 'Wish I Didn't Miss you'.

Bella has worked as a vocalist for the last decade performing and/or recording with Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, the NZSO, Nathan Haines, Sammy J, Aaradhna, and is Dancing with the Stars’ resident singer. In 2013, she toured the USA in alongside international Grammy-nominated reggae artist J Boog and Reggae favourites Katchafire. She recently returned from being on US tour with Grammy nominated band Common Kings.

Bella regularly tours with the Pink Floyd Experience, and most recently performed with her band The Atmos A Tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Tauranga Jazz Festival which received a standing ovation.

Movie and TV credits include: Sione's Wedding, Matariki, The Orator, Jandals Away, Fresh TV and more recently the web series Housiewives.
Musical theatre credits include Disney's The Lion King, Auckland Theatre Company's production of Hair, Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Guerilla Collection with Black Grace.




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