Pacific Resort Hotel Group chief executive officer Marcus Niszow, left and Kiwi musician Paora Apera (aka P Digsss) at the Rarotonga resort in June. Niszow also finds time in his busy schedule to promote music events. PHOTO: AL WILLIAMS/23060122
Dance music comes to Rarotonga this weekend with a music legend leading the way.
Paora Apera (aka P Digsss) will join forces with the Coco
House Bros crew, Doctor E, Anthom and
Mark Zow in bringing a mix of “big, fat, soulful, funky” music to the island.
Apera is no
stranger to this nation, he traces his lineage to the Cook Islands, and he
lived on Rarotonga in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Apera met Marcus Niszow
(Mark Zow) several years ago on Rarotonga, through fellow music legend Tiki
Taane at a gig.
“We were following each
other and watching each other’s progress,” Apera said.
The band Apera
fronts, Shapeshifter, has played in Rarotonga a couple of times.
drum and bass act from Aotearoa New Zealand, was formed in 1999, and has gained
a live following across the globe.
Crowds can expect a
slightly different pace this time around.
Apera and the Coco
House Bros kick things off tonight from 10pm at Rehab Nightclub with some
The four of them, P
Digsss, Doctor E, Anthom and Mark Zow will rotate responsibilities on the
mixers and mics.
It will be followed
by a simmered down set at Vaiana’s on Saturday from 2pm.
“It’s very much a
journey, lower BPM (beats per minute), we slowly hold the momentum,” Niszow
said of the Saturday set.
“It’s more about
toasting, introducing, singing, very stripped down,” Apera said.
While Rehab’s sound
system will blare this evening, Coco House Bros will introduce their 5000- watt
sound system to the mix on Saturday.
Niszow said it is
all top of the line gear delivering “good quality sounds”.
it’s groovy and it’s fun; there’s a point of difference.”
The pair shared
their reasons for the love they share in music.
“It’s an amazing
feeling, it’s addictive when you get a perfect mix,” Apera said.
“Sharing music with
Niszow said it gave
him pleasure seeing people discover new sounds and music, familiar vocals,
familiar tunes, but reworked.
He said entry to
all Coco House parties were free as “it’s kind of been like a rule”.
“Sharing the love
and sharing the music, being inclusive whether straight or rainbow.”