Northern News : September 19th 2012
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Available at: Sahara Collection Fast-written song finalist With luck: Troy Kingi's Talk to Me is not just about raising awareness about the dangers of problem gambling. Go to northernnews.co.nz to see Troy performing his song. The Scribe With Us songwriting contest is another vehicle for Christchurch hip-hop artist Scribe to get his message out on the dangers of gambling addiction. But for Kerikeri's Troy Kingi it's yet another challenge. Talk to Me might not take home the top honours in the competition, but for the Far North songwriter that's not the issue. It isn't really all too important for Mr Kingi to win competitions, he says, but being named a finalist in the Scribe With Us songwriting con- test did mean a trip to Wellington to record with Scribe and Ladi6. He wasn't aware of this contest until it was brought to his atten- tion. "It was just my mother, she showed me the competition," Mr Kingi says. "I relish the challenge," he says. "I had two days before the cutoff date, so I had to write the song in two days." He got the song submitted an hour before it was due. And part of its charm might be the openness of the lyrics. "A victim of environment -- and yes these times are tough but let's leave it to choice not chance," Mr Kingi sings in Talk to Me. "I suppose, doing stuff quick like that you might lose some of the soul of the music," he says. "But that's kind of the challenge for me as well, being the writer, I can't just write a cheesy thing. I take on board exactly what they're going for. I don't know, I've always been able to hone in on stuff and do it quite quickly." It takes a certain focus, he says, knowing what people are look- ing for. He wrote a song for LegaSea, a group committed to "more fish in the water and a healthy marine environment", in one morning. He was a dive instructor at the time and was asked to come up with a tune that incorporated "for the future generations" and while he was driving his kids to daycare, a melody for that line came to him. He's written a song for a Whangarei-based youth suicide organisation, which he's since seen playing at area petrol stations. The Far North musician has recently taken a plunge into acting as well. He's in a production which looks into the life of those wanting to play support for Bob Marley's appear- ance in Auckland in 1979. And he's trying to get an EP out before the release of Mt Zion,in which he acts alongside Stan Walker. "It's definitely going to be good exposure for me," he says. And, he says, hopefully it will "somehow" lead to more music stuff. Mr Kingi's been active on that front though and when Mt Zion is released on Waitangi Day he says he will have music available for people to listen to should they want to.Filming finished in April, and he's just finished some of the final touches on his scenes. "Being a Maori fellow, most people think I'm into cool groovy jazz, or reggae, I do play a little bit of reggae, but I'm mostly into my rock and blues stuff," Mr Kingi says. And these contests, or writing to a deadline provides valuable les- sons about making music, he says. "The music that I write for myself tends to take a lot longer, because I'm more precious about it, but in saying that . . . some of these faster ones turn out a lot better than my own music, because I'm not think- ing as much, it's just coming straight out." Air force explores our air space Kiwis in flight: The pilot training exercise offers a chance for schools, organisations and the public to visit the camp find out more about the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The Royal New Zealand Air Force has come north for a pilot training exercise and an open day. Kerikeri's air field has become a tent city with about 80 person- nel from Ohakea deployed for Exercise Wiseowl 96. The exercise is designed to test military student pilots in forma- tion flying and to extend their flying skills in an unfamiliar air- space. "The deployment and redeployment of the aircraft, supplies, camp pack-up equip- ment and personnel, is a logistics exercise in itself,'' Detachment Commander Squadron Leader Matt Alcock says. Accommodation is in 40 tents. The operation provides for field catering, a field medical facility, an administration unit, an oper- ations headquarters, a logistics unit providing camp supplies and spares, as well as a mainten- ance centre for the aircraft. The exercise offers a chance for schools, organisations and the public to visit the camp and meet air force people and to find out more about the air force. There's an open day at the campsite for the public on Sept- ember 23 between 10.30am and 2pm. The day will include a static display as well as short aerial flying display. Eight air trainer aircraft, pilots and their instructors will be deployed to Kerikeri for the exercise that will wrap up on September 27. The aircraft may be seen fly- ing within 200 kilometres of Kerikeri.
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