Spreading Kuki Vibes through the lockdown

Tuesday September 01, 2020 Written by Published in Entertainment
Junior Napara is the driver behind the Kuki Vibes concerts in New Zealand. 20083105 Junior Napara is the driver behind the Kuki Vibes concerts in New Zealand. 20083105

Growing up in the village of Tauhunu on the island of Manihiki, Junior Napara learned to love music.

That love was shared with him by his parents Fabianni and Junior Napara Sr. When Cyclone Martin devastated the island, everything changed – everything, except the music in his life. “We ended up moving to Rarotonga and my parents sent us to Auckland,” Napara says.

There, he aspired to empower the Cook Islands community to support each other, and make known the incredible cultural talent our people have for arts, music and dance.

“Music makes me feel good, helps me keep stress-free and gets me closer to the lord each day with positive vibes, and I wanted to promote our Cook Islands music in this way.”

Napara played both rugby and league, representing Cook Islands in Rugby Sevens –but he gave up playing international sport to focus on Kuki Vibes. For years he worked on creating his dream, a Kuki Vibes concert with a unique line-up of artists.

He made sacrifices, living on noodles and cabin bread for three weeks to ensure costs were met for his first show.

His dream was realised with a concert in Auckland back in February – before Covid struck.

“It’s about bringing our people together, showcasing the talent of our own,” he says.

“I wanted to achieve my dream to run a big festival, to set a platform for our young generations and assist our young talented kids to sing and reach the same pathway as other older singers like Brother Love.”

“I want to bring our people from all over the world under one roof to celebrate.”

 His biggest festival was the hugely successful Woodside out-door concert in Auckland, followed by the Lockdown After-party and in Porirua, the Winter Vibes.

Napara started out with no sponsors, just his own finances, and although there were people who didn’t believe in him and were discouraging, he persevered and worked harder.

He wants to convey his thanks and appreciation to the people who have attended the shows in support, and to the Kuki Vibes musicians and artists who have been part of the movement.

These include Rex Atirai, Brother Love, Amuri Boyz, Samson Squad, Tauraki Superstar Sisters, Stayeytown, Abbi Baby, Ladies Mai Wale, Emile Rima, Henry Tupou, KBB, Fresh Prince, Tina Maro, DJ’s Pineapple Kutz.

“Also a massive thank you to my Heavenly Father Lord Jesus for everything that he done for me and to my partner for taking care of our kids and always making sure I keep working hard and standing by my side since I started.”

Unfortunately, soon after the concert in Porirua, parts of New Zealand went back into Covid-19 lockdown. That has postponed plans for concerts in Tokoroa and elsewhere New Zealand.

Now, it’s just wait and see …

5 comments

  • Comment Link Vaseti Makira Wednesday, 02 September 2020 12:04 posted by Vaseti Makira

    From your Aunty Vaseti Makira and your Papa Teremoana Makira we would like to say Congratulation boy, you are on the right track. stay strong and believe in the Lord our Father to give you more wisdom to do what ever you have planed to do for the future, love you Kia Manuia God Bless.!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment Link Ben Hewitt Wednesday, 02 September 2020 01:01 posted by Ben Hewitt

    Hopeing all go well.take care be safe

  • Comment Link Francoir Tamaiva Tuesday, 01 September 2020 22:39 posted by Francoir Tamaiva

    Music is the food of love,god bless

  • Comment Link Tapaeru Petronilla Tautu Tuesday, 01 September 2020 19:25 posted by Tapaeru Petronilla Tautu

    Akamaroiroi Brother! There is nothing impossible with our God. Stay focus!

    Love you Godbles

  • Comment Link Cookislandsnews.com Tuesday, 01 September 2020 18:55 posted by Cookislandsnews.com

    I am very proud of my son. What he is doing here in NZ.

    He still plays rugby for Sea Eagles Premier No. 1 Team, for Papakura.

    Due to his Kuki Vibes shows. He had to put his Rugby career aside to pursue his next episode.

    So proud of him.

    Fabianni Napara (mum)

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