Bella Kalolo is of Samoan, Tongan and Maori (Ngati Porou) decent . Her velvety voice will explode into a soulful, passionate vocal spectacle that will leave you astonished and longing for more.
2011 has started off with a bang with Bella supporting Fat Freddy’s Drop on The Road to Opononi Tour, supporting international hip hop star Mos Def and performing to over 1400 people at the Wellington Botanical Gardens. It continues in the same fashion with another nomination for Best Pacific Female finalist at the Pacific Music Awards (2010 and 2011). What’s more she performed this year at that world famous Glastonbury Festival
She looks forward to her up and coming debut album “Without the Paper” release on the 19th September and performances such as Rugby World Cup performance in Party Central at Queens Wharf in Auckland and the Diva’s in Paradise event in Rarotonga with Julia Deans.
She is one of New Zealand’s most exciting artists and 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 and Nathan Haines to name a few.
Bella has worked in TV on Dancing With The Stars for the last three seasons, played a female lead role in TV 2’s kids series ‘Jandals Away’ and also appeared in NZ’s own ‘Sione’s Wedding’.
More recently she has been a part of the very successful Pink Floyd Experience 2009 “Back Catalogue Tour” as a Backing Vocalist. Even though she enjoys working with other creatives her main focus is now her own material. Her first single (released independently) came out in November 2008 and received radio play on several radio stations.
At the end of 2009 Bella Kalolo recorded a single called Walk to Change which was included on the Salvation Army 2009 Christmas CD. She also recorded an EP called “The Road Ahead