Due to the recent community outbreak of COVID-19 Omicron and the move to a Red Light COVID protection framework across Aotearoa, it is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the cancellation of the February offering of Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival.
Soulful singer-songwriter Louis Baker is undoubtedly one of the most compelling voices to emerge from Aotearoa’s fertile musical landscape in recent years.
With a powerhouse voice that’s capable of a primal RnB scream or tear-inducing plea, and a talent for writing deeply personal, stirring songs, Louis has gathered a loyal following that spans the world over. Baker released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Open’ in 2019, which received a prestigious Taite Music Prize nomination, and Aotearoa Music Awards nominations for Best Soul Artist and Best Māori Artist.
Taking his signature brand of modern-soul to bright new territory his most recent release ‘Love Levitates’, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “luxurious funk-soul”, is Baker’s five-track opus of life, an intimate yet expansive journey of heritage, love, friendship and observation.
Louis will perform a stripped back selection of songs from his new album and favourites from his catalogue accompanied by keys and backing vocals.