Two Aotearoa Icons. One night of jazz and hip-hop.
Fusing the modern big band sound with Aotearoa-New Zealand hip-hop, the Rodger Fox Big Band headlines the 2023 Wellington Jazz Festival, collaborating with multi-award winning Aotearoa hip-hop legend King Kapisi. The performance also features special guest Erna Ferry.
Premiering new arrangements of the Silver Scroll Award-winner's back catalogue, which evoke the spirit and emotion of King Kapisi's original tracks, this performance will combine hip hop’s driving rhythms with a fat brass sound creating a distinctly Aotearoa sound.
Live at the Michael Fowler Centre, be there to see King Kapisi’s much anticipated return to the stage with the Rodger Fox Big Band.
E rua ngā tuahangata o Aotearoa. Kotahi te pō tautito hipi-hopa
Kei ngā upoko kōrero mō Te Taurima Tautito o Pōneke, he whakaaturanga e hono ana i ngā momo o te ao pēne me te ao hipi-hopa. Ko Rodger Fox Big Band tērā kua hono atu ki tērā toki o te ao hipi-hopa, ki a King Kapisi, otirā ki a Erna Ferry anō hoki. E whakaaturia tuatahitia ana ētehi raupapatanga hou nō ngā kohinga ō mua o tēnei toa o te tohu Kaitito Kaiaka - Silver Scroll Award, he puoro whakaoho i te wairua me ngā kare ā roto o ngā waiata matua a King Kapisi, ka whakawhenumitia e tēnei whakaaturanga, te taki matua o te momo o te hipi-hopa, ki tētehi pūtētere pakō nei te haruru, e puta ai he momo puoro Aotearoa ake nei te tangi.
Whakaaturanga mataora ki Michael Fowler Centre, toro atu, kia kitea te hokinga mai o Kingi Kapisi kua roa e tatari nei, ka tū tahi ki te atamira me Rodger Fox Big Band.
King Kapisi was the first hip-hop artist in New Zealand to receive the prestigious Silver Scroll Award at the APRA Awards for Songwriter of the Year for his single ‘Reverse Resistance’ in 1999. King Kapisi attempts to keep his music ‘real’ by rapping about his Pacific heritage and the hip-hop scene. He uses hip-hop to promote the message of ‘keeping it real’ through your culture, learning your language, and knowing ‘where you are from’.
The Rodger Fox Big Band is widely acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading exponent of big band music and, over its long history, has over 90 New Zealand compositions to its name and has recorded 76 of these. The big band has also always extended the members of the band by working with some of the jazz world’s greatest artists including Michael Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Mike Stern and Kurt Elling, Michael Houstoun and Simon O’Neill.