Home Grown Talent

June 18th, 2009 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Lindsay Mitchell blogs:

Don’t miss this. On Friday nights we always watch Homai Te Pakipaki on Maori Television. Last Friday I was floored by this kid. I wrote to suggesting they get him up on YouTube – who needs Susan Boyle – and just got a reply saying done, already. I’ve just watched it again and it had the same powerful effect. Made me cry.

He is great – well worth a watch.

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33 Responses to “Home Grown Talent”

  1. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    Sorry Mr Farrar ,two differant singing styles, hes a chubby bro who imitates the black yank soul singer (The compere called him bro so no demerites for racisiam) with his singing style and Susan Boyle is a middle aged scottish singer so what the problem that you had to mention her in comparison
    ps he wont get a zillion hits on utube

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  2. MyNameIsJack (2,414 comments) says:

    He can barely carry the tune, is flat in several spots and is about as talented as my left leg.

    You call that talent?

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  3. big bruv (14,224 comments) says:

    I watched this on Lindsay’s site, the poor guy cannot sing at all.

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  4. Jman (84 comments) says:

    I think he definately has talent and a lot of potential but probably needs some good vocal training.

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  5. Peter (1,695 comments) says:

    You guys are tone deaf! That is absolutely stunning vocal control, and those notes are crystal clear.

    Better than Boyle. By far.

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  6. Rebel Heart (249 comments) says:

    There’s nothing unique about this kid – I have little respect for singers who don’t write their own songs.

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  7. lofty (1,317 comments) says:

    jeeeze RH get a life.
    I don’t think he can hold a tune either, but I don’t think pavaroti, etc ever wrote an original.

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  8. Ryan Sproull (7,361 comments) says:

    You guys are tone deaf! That is absolutely stunning vocal control, and those notes are crystal clear.

    Better than Boyle. By far.

    You clearly have never heard Tama sing Tom Jones.

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  9. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    ps was he wearing a male bra

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  10. Inventory2 (9,384 comments) says:

    That’s a boy with talent! The hardest part of the song was the first few notes after the bridge and key change – and he absolutely nailed it! Kia kaha Dane!

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  11. Sushi Goblin (419 comments) says:

    Rebel Heart – does this mean Elvis Presley does not deserve respect? He didn’t write most of his songs.

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  12. Rebel Heart (249 comments) says:

    For the record I am no fan of Pavarotti or Elvis Presley…

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  13. WraithX (283 comments) says:

    I am simply astounded by the utterly terrible accent and behaviour of the host of that clip. He is certainly not a role model I would want for my children. Does the state fund that show or channel? If so, it should withdraw all funding. I thought Maori TV was meant to help promote Maori culture. The only Maori thing I could see was the race of the audience. The music was American, and the language English.

    Oh and Peter – I am definitely not tone deaf and that kid is awful. He was mostly on tune but there was nothing pleasant about the performance.

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  14. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    Nice.

    Clearly singing well within his capabilities, not on the ragged edge like Boyle or Potts.

    We will be seeing more of this kid.

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  15. Ratbiter (1,265 comments) says:

    PS: WraithX, perhaps you would like to tell us what Maori culture in 2009 *SHOULD* look/sound like?

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  16. joeAverage (311 comments) says:

    DAVID hes a FAT lardball with some abilities, i cannot see the bro storming the usa market. sorry mr farrar a good church singer

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  17. Christopher (425 comments) says:

    That was a pretty abysmal performance. Very, very off pitch in places, extremely poor transition to falsetto, got out of time toward the middle of the song (minor complaint – but I’m used to working with ‘professional’ singers, and it’s an important thing to get right).

    The kid has some raw talent. Not heaps, but some. He needs serious vocal training and a treadmill.

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  18. Yeti (49 comments) says:

    Strewth people can’t you just enjoy it for what it was? It’s just a karaoke session on Maori TV, nothing more. Of course he can’t sing perfectly, he’s a teenage kid from the wop wop’s. I mean check out the jandles and Dad’s toothless grin, and you’re all whinging about tone and timing. Come on, what do you want Dame Kiri?

    Admittedly, I do think he may have had one KFC bucket too many too often. He’s a big fella but then so was Elvis and Pavarotti!

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  19. bananapants (102 comments) says:

    ha! when I read that post I thought “hmmm, how will all the mental racists who post in this comments thread handle a positive post about something to do with Maori? Surely they won’t be able to denigrate a kid giving something a go.”

    But hey, you guys always surpass my wildest expectations. Love it.

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  20. wikiriwhis business (4,209 comments) says:

    Another Delvanius?

    Potential to become a legend in Maoridom and die of heart attack in early forties.

    In saying that, he might just have the discipline to stick to the dream and be reliable.

    Then he will go places. He’s hungry to get there.

    His confidence will carry him. Its just as big as he is.

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  21. Christopher (425 comments) says:

    Surely they won’t be able to denigrate a kid giving something a go.

    Fair call, credit where credit’s due, at least this kid is out there doing something.

    I guess I should have directed my criticism towards those who thought the performance was stellar, rather than the lad himself.

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  22. Short Shriveled and Slightly to the Left (743 comments) says:

    I thought he was quite good
    problem is he chose a song I’ve only ever heard sung by women
    and he chose a song perfected by Whitney
    still it was better than the Dolly Parton version

    but no one can sing like Whitney
    damn you Bobby Brown!

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  23. Lindsay (138 comments) says:

    Joe Average, Stop directing your criticism at DPF. I asked David to put this up as a favour because I want to see this kid do well. Now I am beginning to wish I hadn’t. Like Bananapants I am underwhelmed by the levels some people will stoop to from the anonymity of their keyboards. I blogged this clip because Dane MOVED ME. That is exactly and only what music and performance is about.

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  24. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    Rebel Heart says on June 18th, 2009 at 4:54 pm:

    For the record I am no fan of Pavarotti or Elvis Presley…

    Rebel Heart is a Gary Glitter fan.

    He certainly gives the impression that he likes it up the “Gary Glitter” at any rate. :arrow: :shock: :twisted:

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  25. helmet (421 comments) says:

    Geez there’s a lot of pricks commenting on this blog. Go fuck yourselves. His performance might not have been perfect but the kid can sing.

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  26. Lance (2,719 comments) says:

    What helmet said…

    joeAverage… what an arsehole. Abusive and corrosive criticism of a youth willing to give it a go, what else do you do, pull the wings off flies?

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  27. Colonel Masters (385 comments) says:

    He’s hit the MSM: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10579500

    They even give credit to Kiwiblog, must be a first.

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  28. llew (1,286 comments) says:

    Wonder how he’d go with an Aaron Neville song.

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  29. Lindsay (138 comments) says:

    llew, Inspired. My Brother, My Brother instantly popped into my head. It’s lesser known from The Grand Tour album on which Neville also did a stunning version of Betcha By Golly Wow, which would suit Dane really well.

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  30. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    I think the kid was good. I can’t sing for anything so anyone who can has talent in my opinion. Joeaverage and MNIJ – like anything to do with art, different people like different things, but there is no need to be so horrible.

    Lindsay – I like Aron Neville’s ‘Ave Maria’ but that is about it.

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  31. blargh.blargh (4 comments) says:

    This kid really needs to start doing Prince Tui Teka covers.

    Even if he doesn’t open his mouth, he’s already half way there!

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