A band of musicians from Nepal on a world tour will deliver two shows in Auckland in September. The famous band of four 'Albatross' and solo artist Diwas Gurung will perform at Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) on Saturday, September 2 and the second show on Saturday, September 9 at Kings Arms Tavern in Newton.
Currently, Albatross band is touring in Australia. Artist Diwas Gurung lives and works as a musician in New York and will be flying directly to New Zealand for the shows.
The September 2 show at AIS is an acoustic show suitable for all ages, and the second show on September 9 at Kings Arms Tavern is an 18+ event which is set to be live and loud.
“We are hoping for 800 to 1,000 people for both the shows in Auckland. People from Queenstown, Christchurch, Hamilton and Whangarei have confirmed their attendance to the shows,” Nitesh Rai, organiser of the show said.
The Nepali community in New Zealand is slowly growing with an estimated 10,000 Nepalis living all over the country and up to 3,000 live in Auckland alone.
“A lot of our target audience are young Nepali students, and these artistes are very popular amongst the young generation,” Mr Rai added.
This is the first time Albatross and Diwas Gurung will perform in New Zealand. The band and the solo singer who have played all around the world are excited about their maiden performance in New Zealand.
“We are here to promote Nepali music and culture to a wider audience as music is universal,” Mr Rai said.
These two music shows will also give New Zealanders the opportunity to witness two Nepali bands perform live with their rock performances.
$2 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Himalayan Trust that is rebuilding the Everest region after the devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
“We welcome people from every corner to come and witness two epic shows,” Mr Rai added.