Sunday, March 18, 2018

4 Tha Lumana'i from Anonymouz

"A ground-breaking live performance led by music and sound producer Anonymouz, 4 THA LUMANA’I finds the parallels between traditional Sāmoan customs and contemporary Hip Hop artforms. Backed by compelling video projection, a cast of local Sāmoan tulāfale orator chiefs join rappers, poets and community performers for a living conversation between the past, present and future."

23 & 24 March 7.30pm, Mangere Arts Centre. Tickets are free, but booking is required to guarantee your place – book here

Anonymouz. Photo -NZHerald

From NZHerald: " South Auckland music producer Anonymouz - aka Matthew Faiumu Salapu - is bringing both Samoan oratory (lauga) and hip-hop music together in a ground-breaking performance as part of the Auckland Arts Festival's Whanui programme.

He leads 4 Tha Lumana'I , a performance which will highlight the similarities between traditional Samoan oratory customs and contemporary hip-hop using a cast of Samoan tulafale orator chiefs, rappers, poets and community performers.

It's being described as living conversation between the past, present and future and has its roots in a visit the recording artist made to Samoa in 2012 to mark its 50th anniversary of independence from New Zealand.

Tasked to make a contribution to the event, he recorded everyday sounds from the local environment and turned them into beats. He says that saw him move away from using old New York beats in his music and start thinking more about traditional culture and customs.

It wasn't long before he was keeping a keen ear out for the ways in which lauga are structured and delivered. Anonymouz saw parallels between the way in which both lauga and — especially in battle raps — seek to persuade and influence.

Having now seen a "battle" between a rapper and tulafale orator chief, he says 4 Tha Lumana'I will highlight to all involved the likeness between the two apparently disparate language arts and also helps them understand the skills needed in both forms.

"It's hard to have an appreciation of something you don't understand," says Anonymouz, "but this shows the older people why hip-hop is popular and the younger ones learn something about customs and traditions." 

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