Kiwi singer delights Nelson kids

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Nelson’s smallest music fans packed out the Victory Community Centre yesterday afternoon for a ‘not your average’ type of concert.

Kiwi singer Anika Moa brought her two albums of children’s songs to the centre as part of her nationwide ‘Songs for Bubbas’ tour, which is seeing her play in 18 towns across the country – all for a gold coin entry.

But, Moa is running the tour a little differently than usual, and in a unique twist, asked her social media network and fans to suggest venues such as libraries, schools, kindergartens, and even fans’ homes.

Belle Clark from Nelson Playcentres, who put her hand up to help organise the event, says the tour attracted “overwhelming interest” from the Nelson community after Moa asked for suggestions for places to play via her Facebook page.

“I messaged her on Facebook, as lots of Nelson people, suggested having it at the Victory Community Centre,” says Belle. “She wrote back to me and said: ‘Right – this is what I need, can you do it?’”

“The Victory Community Centre was awesome and it was a really nice thing to be involved with.”

Moa says that the inspiration for the tour came from the success of her first children’s album, ‘Songs for Bubbas 1’ and that Nelson was a ‘must’ for the tour.

“I thought we should take the songs to the kids so they could enjoy their first real live music show and hear songs they were familiar with,” she says.

She also said she wanted to play in venues that provided environments kids are comfortable in, and in spaces they have helped create.

“The rally from local communities to make this Bubbas tour a load of fun has been inspiring,” she said via her Facebook page.