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Bella Kalolo

Composer, Performer, Māori Composer

Biography

Ngāti Porou, Samoan, Tongan

Bella is bold, dedicated, and renowned for her dynamic and vibrant performances, whether recorded or live. Her soulful style is filled with both passion and integrity.


The Samoan, Tongan, and Māori (Ngāti Porou) soul sister has worked with and supported artists as diverse as Ciara, Mos Def, Renee Geyer, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, the NZSO, and Chaka Khan.

 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, and the Waitangi Day celebrations in Flatbush, Manukau.

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



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

 She also performed at 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 recording with Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, the NZSO, Nathan Haines, Sammy J, and Aaradhna. She is also resident singer on "Dancing with the Stars". In 2013, she toured the USA alongside international Grammy-nominated reggae artist J Boog and reggae favourites Katchafire. She also toured the USA with the Grammy-nominated band Common Kings.



With the presentation of her all-new material, Bella joins Holly Smith, LA Mitchell, Ladi 6, Bic Runga, and Lisa Tomlins in the elite collection of local artists who have come to define what it means to have a unique female voice in the New Zealand music landscape.




Bella regularly tours with the Pink Floyd Experience.

 Her movie and TV credits include "Sione's Wedding", "Matariki", "The Orator", "Jandals Away", "Fresh TV", and the web series "Housiewives". Her 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.


Composed (25)

Anything You Need

Time and Space Album, 4m 11s


Be Happy

Time and Space Album, 3m 48s


Come Back Home

Without Paper Album, 3m 42s


Ends of Earth

3m 32s


Envy

Without Paper Album, 4m 41s


Forward

The Road Ahead Album, 4m 31s


Get Ready

Without Paper Album, 2m 33s


Good Things

The Road Ahead Album, 3m 14s


Good Things (reprise)

Without Paper Album, 4m 7s


I Feel Like I'm In Love

The Road Ahead Album, 4m 27s


Is It Worth

Without Paper Album, 4m 43s


Kick

Time and Space Album, 6m 16s


Let Go

Time and Space Album, 3m 51s


Mamas Eyes

Without Paper Album, 5m 7s


Mr Duncan

Time and Space Album, 3m 16s


Nothing Else

Time and Space Album, 3m 43s


Running

Without Paper Album, 4m 37s


Smitten

Without Paper Album, 5m 4s


So Close

The Road Ahead Album, 4m 59s


Starry Sky

Without Paper Album, 6m 39s


Superstar

Without Paper Album, 5m 29s


Without The Paper

Without Paper Album, 4m 3s



Resources (52)

Bella Kalolo | Envy - VIDEO

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Bella Kalolo | Kick - AUDIO

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