About the Mentor
New Zealand's very own soul diva, Bella Kalolo, has worked extensively as a vocalist for the last ten years, performing and/or recording with Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, Hollie Smith, Fat Freddys Drop, Tina Cross, Jackie Clarke, Susan Lynch, the NZSO, Carl Doy, Nathan Haines and Aaradhna.
Bella has been part of our programmes since 2011, mentoring in schools in Wellington and Masterton, and part of the Girls Rock workshop to encourage young women in the music industry. Of Maori (Ngati Porou) Samoan and Tongan descent, Bella mentored 2015 Smokefree Pacifica Beats finalists Ahu Fitu from Rongotai College.
Teacher Danielle Philipsen from Feilding High School says that working with Bella really increased her students' confidence:
"The students felt very at ease with Bella - she pushed them to improve themselves and it worked!"