Diva Productions & Friends are proud to present a special, never-to-be-repeated concert celebrating the NZ women who created music and contributed to the soundtrack of our lives in the 1980s.
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For those of us who were politically active and coming out in the early 80s it was a heady time of protests and partying, characterized by an explosion of amazing “womyn’s music”, which was mostly an underground experience.
The Topp Twins, as we know began their careers singing at the Women’s Convention in 1978, Hilary King and band Red Beryl, popular draw cards at the infamous Alex Pub on Federal St, and other popular all-female bands such as the Freudian Slips, Dolphins, Vibraslaps, Cassandra Ears, Look Blue Go Purple, plus singer/songwriters Mahina Tocker, Charlotte Yates, Jan Hellriegel, Jess Hawk Oakenstar, now living in the U.S, plus many others, contributed so much to our cultural and political history.
While many of these ground-breaking musicians no longer perform or are living overseas, and some sadly have passed on too early, such as the beautiful soulstress Mahina Tocker, 25 of these musical pioneers are coming together for ONE SPECIAL CONCERT only on Friday February 9th, at the Dorothy Winstone Centre, Howe Street (Auckland Girls Grammar School).
Artists confirmed to appear include:
The Topp Twins, Hilary King, Red Beryl, Jan Hellriegel and Cassandra’s Ears, The Vibraslaps, The Elastic Band, The Blue Marbles, Jess Hawk Oakenstar (US) and Teresa Trull (US), Wellingtonian singer/songwriters Charlotte Yates, Di McMillan & Gloria Hildred, & many more
Diva Productions is also making a documentary about the story of women’s music in NZ in the 1980s, and how it helped forge the collective politics of feminism, sexual identity, race relations, environmental and working class struggles, into a new liberal society that we call NZ today. The concert shall be filmed as part of the documentary.