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Peta Si'ulepa Pacific Jazz Vocalist

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Peta Si’ulepa is vocally known for rich and colourful timbre that is offset by a rhythmic approach to interpretations of phrasing and timing in song. Peta has been a regular performer on the Auckland Jazz & Blues scene since returning to NZ in the late 1990s from Samoa. She recounts with us her mentor and inspiration the great Samoan International Singer Mavis Rivers. Jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers recorded for Reprise, Capitol, and Vee-Jay in the early '60s before making a surprising comeback in the early '80s. Also known for being the mother of Matt Catingub, Rivers was born in 1929 in Apia, Upolu, Western Samoa, and moved to Pago Pago (American Samoa) after the Pearl Harbor bombing Peta has been a regular on the Auckland Jazz scene and in Samoa and tells of experience in the network and the up and coming Pacific talent coming through the NZ jazz conservatory.