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Fig Night 25th August 2017

Duets (Ainsley & Steve Apirana)
Soul Predators

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Born and bred in Brisbane Kealoana has been singing since she was a kid. Raised in a home filled with music she grew up listening to her mother sing with her aunties, performing in church choirs and watching her father, a multi instrumentalist, gig most weekends.

No stranger to performing, at the age of 15 her father introduced her into the world of corporate gigging. 

A classically trained pianist and jazz lover, Kealoana now writes and sings her own songs, as well as covers renowned artists like Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Etta James, bringing new life to classic jazz standards with her soulful vocals. 



Steve Apirana is one of the finest gospel musicians currently working in Australasia. He is a gifted communicator, highly skilled guitarist and vocalist, with an extraordinary sense of humour. Specialising in blues and gospel, he has played alongside Daddy Cool, Black Sabbath, Split Ends, Osibisa, Fairport Convention and Average White Band, as part of the seventies band Butler. He was one of The Velvettes, sixties spoof rock band from Christchurch and has toured solo for more than twenty years as far afield as the UK, USA, and Europe. Steve captivates audiences in a way that very few can. His honesty, self - depreciating humour and excellent musicianship has audiences totally absorbed. He has released four albums over the many years of his career, the latest, This Wretched Man, in November 2011.

Ainsley is known for her performances with Steve but is herself a singer and songwriter. She recorded her first album, Autumn in 2001 and has just released a new album – Cappuccinos and Vanilla Squares. Our aim is to encourage and uplift. Our stories and songs tell of thirty years as musicians on the road, thirty years of marriage and all the triumphs and struggles we have met along the way.

Duets plays regularly in cafes, halls, churches, prisons, schools, and at house concerts, traveling anywhere we are invited. Depending on the requirements of the venue and of the audience we sing a variety of covers and a selection of our own music from six albums recorded over the last twenty five years.

The Soul Predators have been wowing audiences since late 2009, playing at events such as Perisher Blue Spring Festival and popular venues throughout Sydney’s city and northern beaches. They receive airplay on Sydney’s FBI radio, as well as many local radio stations.

The band is formed from eight like minded Sydney musicians, striving to consummate a unique and entertaining experience.

With a three piece rhythm section, fat horns, and fronted by two amazing vocalists, The Soul Predators have the versatility to explore the music to its fullest.

The Soul Predators are determined to bring high quality, accessible music back to the public consciousness. Inspired by the musical innovators of the 60s and 70s such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Earth Wind and Fire, the band is also influenced by today's like-minded artists such as Jamiroquai, John Legend and The Roots.

The band creates a sound that is unique through the use of both original arrangements and original repertoire. The Soul Predators aim to reacquaint audiences with the art of funk, soul and R'n'B.


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