Leon Wharekura is an accomplished singer, entertainer and songwriter and is well respected by all in the New Zealand music and entertainment industry. Hamilton-born Leon’s career began in the late eighties, while under the mentoring and guidance of NZ legends such as entertainer/comedian Billy T James and singer Dalvanius Prime. He wasted no time in putting this experience, and watching the ‘greats’ perform out front, to good use. Leon made his way to the front of his own stage and has gone on to ‘wow’ and ‘woo’ his own rapt audiences. Throughout the course of his career Leon has performed extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia as well as shows in China.
Leon’s performances, whether solo or as part of collective musical projects, consistently receive acclaim and respect from industry executives and audiences alike. Vocally there is nothing Leon cannot sing – from the huge soulful ballads to the high-energy R&B hits; Leon soars easily from note to note and genre to genre - from funk to jazz, pop to rock and R & B to ballads. Leon currently fronts his own band for corporate functions and performs at a few select live music venues as well as touring with his own album “ChameLEON”. Leon can perform as a solo artiste, with other singers and/or with a fully live band. Produced by respected producer and musician Paul Voight of Sound Pictures and mastered under the guidance of Chris Winchcombe (York Street studios, Auckland).
This release of CameLEON is a coming of age moment for Leon, a testament to his passion and a celebration of an Indie artist’s survival.
Hailing from Tuwharetoa/Ngati Raukawa roots, with a background in Maori Cultural performance, it was not until 1983 that Rewa branched out as a solo songstress, by winning her very first talent quest, which was judged by the late Prince Tui Teka. This turned out to be a lucky break for Rewa, as the Prince then asked her to perform on both of his upcoming television specials. With this experience under her belt, that same year she was a contestant in the TVNZ talent production of 'Star Quest'. Rewa has never looked back! Rewa currently performs either solo, or with her band The Picasso’s, which includes her husband Mickey on drums, most weekends to an ever-increasing group of fans , They can be seen and heard at many of the corporate functions held around Auckland and the Bay of Plenty. Rewa exudes an incredible feel and love for music, which is expressed in an awe-inspiring voice that has the subtlety of Randy Crawford, and when appropriate, the power of Tina Turner. Of course all this is wrapped up in a down-to-earth personality, which has won Rewa acclaim all over. Rewa excels in playing the crowd but most importantly enjoying the performance, while creating an atmosphere appropriate to the occasion.
Jamey Ferguson is an award winning singer/songwriter, who plays keyboards, saxophone, guitar, and flute for world renowned, critically acclaimed reggae band Katchafire.
- Highest selling single “Giddyup”
- Best Urban video “Colour Me Life”
- Triple platinum album sales for “Revival”, “Slow Burning”, “Say What You’re Thinking”, “On The Road Again”, “Best Of Katchafire”.
Sold-out concerts throughout New Zealand, Australia, USA, Europe, South America and the Pacific Islands.
- Toured extensively throughout Korea, Taiwan and Colombia with the Waikiki promotional team as lead musician.
- 1st chair in BYU-HC jazz band touring extensively throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
- Music director for Showcase Hawaii.
-Performed alongside international recording artists such as Julian Marley, Damian Marley, Steele Pulse, Donovan Frankenreiter, Shaggy, Sean Kingston, The Wailers, UB40, Lauryn hill, Aswad, Maxi Priest, Ziggy Marley, Ice Cube, Rita Marley and many more.
Bossanova - Edie Gorme
Build me up buttercup - the Foundations
Don't stop - Fleetwood Mac
Fire - Pointer Sisters
I heard it thru the grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I try - Macy Grey
Stone in love with you – Stylistics
Reet petite - Jackie Wilson
Rock with you - Michael Jackson
Silly love songs - Ardijah
Something to talk about - Bonnie Raitt
To sir with love - Lulu
You don't have to say you love me - Dusty Springfield
I want that man - Blondie
Let's hear it for the boy - Deniece Williams
Long train running - Doobie Brothers
Play that funky music - Wild Cherry
Stuck in the middle with you- Stealers Wheel
Sweet inspiration - Yandall Sisters
Blame it on the boogie - Jackson 5
Boogie oogie oogie - Taste of honey
Eternal flame - the Bangles
It's not unusual - Tom Jones
Lady marmalade - Patti LaBelle
Movin on up - M People
How deep is your love – Bee Gees
Temptations Medley – Reach Out/I’ll be there/Same ole song/Sugar pie honey bunch
Disco Med – Celebration/Ladies night/Brick house/ get down tonight/That’s the way uh huh, I like it.
Late in the Evening – Paul Simon
Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre
Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder
Quando – Michael Buble/Nelly Furtado
What’s goin on- Marvin Gaye
Penny Lover – Lionel Ritchie
Let’s stay together – Al green
Ordinary People – John Legend
I can’t help it – Michael Jackson
She’s the one – Robbie Williams
Lay me down – Sam Smith
Just the way you are – Billy Joel
Sunny – Boney M
My Girl - Temptations
Give me the night – George Benson
Love X Love - George Benson
Love never felt so good – Justin Timberlake
Rude – Magic
French letter – Herbs
Loyal – Dave Dobbyn
Brown eyed girl – James Morrison
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Rock the Boat – Hues Corporation
Rock your baby – Robert McCrae
Beatles medley – Beatles
Mustang Sally – The commitments
Me and Mrs Jones- Michael Buble
Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Just my Imagination- Temptations
Lady Soul – Temptations
Being with You – Smokey Robinson
Save the last dance for me – Michael Buble
You’ll never find – Lou Rawls