As well as special guest Hollie Smith from New Zealand, the concert will feature a variety of local acts, playing everything from reggae and old-school rock, to pop covers, to traditional drumming.
Solo performers include Katreena Smith and young guitarist Anania, while among the groups you’ll find popular duo Tani and Rose, the Rocking Jandals, Filipino band 3U, old-school rockers Boogie and the Boys and Traders Band, reggae eight-piece The Otherside, plus traditional drumming group the Nira Boys.
Rere Kaiaruna of Traders Band is the man responsible for bringing the lineup together and he has been helping out concert organiser Felicity Robinson in that regard since the first Beats of Betela back in 2015.
“He does not like being in the limelight but he really is the one who helps with putting our lineup together and getting all the gear and equipment together,” said Robinson, who lives next door to Kaiaruna and enlisted his help for Beats of Betela when she found out he was a musician.
“She’s a very nice woman,” says Kaiaruna of Robinson. “And it’s for a good cause too.”
While Kaiaruna and his Traders Band play what he describes as an “old-school mix”, the veteran guitarist says he has tried to get a variety of talent onboard for Beats of Betela.
“The Nira Boys are top selected drummers from different groups around the island – just to keep our culture in there,” says Kaiaruna. “Led by Matamaru Maui – pretty top stuff.
“The Otherside is a popular reggae band. They’re good – like an eight to 10-piece band. They’ve got all the congas, the guitars, drummer, two keyboards. Singing local songs and some Bob Marley stuff too.
“And you know Anania? He’s the man. Very talented young guitarist – very skilled on the guitar, does instrumental. He can’t sing but he can make that guitar talk. He’s got it.”
Kaiaruna also made a point of recognising those others behind the scenes who help make Beats of Betela possible, including sound engineer Lincoln Mail, Nooroa Tangii, who provides sound equipment and gear, Ina Tipokoroa for stage lighting, and Teina and Jackie of Rongohiva LED, who provide the stage.
Other sponsors and supporters include Air New Zealand, Air Rarotonga, Rotary and Rotaract, Rarotonga Brewery, CITV, Polynesian Rentals, General Transport and Beluga Cafe.
As always, the concert will take place at Betela Beach in Arorangi, with all proceeds going to the Creative Centre. Tickets are $20 each for adults, with children under 14 free. Gates open at 2pm, with the entertainment kicking off from around 3pm.