About the Mentor
Rio Hemopo is the bass player and singer/songwriter for Trinity Roots. Their latest album Citizen has led them from strength to strength! As part of the group, Rio has extensive experience touring in New Zealand and internationally, and was a delegate at the Celtic Connections showcase in Edinburgh. He also performs his unique electronic music stylings as a solo artist, recently at the incredibly popular Splore festival.
Rio is familiar with many styles of music including reggae, rhythm and blues and hip-hop. He has been mentoring for our programmes since 2009, and his engaging manner with students, positive attitude and BIG smile make him a favourite among students. His skills in teaching through easily accessible technology make him in high demand with teachers!
Cameron Hayes, Rotorua Boys' High School says,
"All students that the mentor worked with benefitted in a way from his input, the majority being Maori or Pacifica students. New skills in and around songwriting, instrumental abilitiy and confidence."