MaKuini, New Zealand's 'Lady of Soul' play’s her first 2014 London date at The Bulls Head in Barnes next month, performing 'The Etta James Story'.
It’s been a very good year for soulful blues-infused artist, Makuini. Since returning to the UK from a well-earned break in New Zealand, Makuini has released an EP ‘Roll Of The Dice’ and in October her album ‘Blues In My Bones’, both receiving great press and reviews, through out the world. ‘I Am The River’ from the EP featured on the Classic Rock Blues Magazine cover album.
Makuini had the honour of opening the 2013 Rugby Leagues World games televised around the world, singing the opening anthems for New Zealand, Samoa and Italy. In New Zealand Makuini was a featured artist in the 3rd Television series of ‘Unsung Heroes of Maori Music’.
Makuini’s albums are programmed by IFP London to be on rotation on all Air New Zealand’s planes. Makuini’s show ‘AT LAST’ Etta James is booking up fast with dates coming in through out the UK. It is not only her remarkable voice but also her drive and personality that have made Makuini one of New Zealand’s best loved singers around the world today.
The Etta James Story
In 1938 America had endured a full decade of hardships and economic misery as The Great Depression wreaked havoc across the damaged land.
It was to this turbulent backdrop that a fourteen-year-old African American girl gave birth to a baby daughter named Jamesetta Hawkins, but the world would come to know her as Etta. Etta James.
During a long and tumultuous career Etta influenced a vast array of artists from a variety of genres and musical styles including The Rolling Stones, Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and more…many more.
Etta has been recognized as bridging the gap between rhythm & blues, rock & roll to pop, inspiring the careers of a new generation of artists from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone and the late Amy Winehouse.
After the appearance of Beyonce Knowles in the film Cadillac Records there is a whole new audience is listening to Etta James. Sadly, her frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems and over time Etta not only sang the blues…she lived the blues. With respect, this is her story.
The Etta James Story is presented by International West End vocalist M?Kuini who brings her heart, soul and funk to the story of Etta’s turbulent life and sings her best loved songs including: ‘Tell Mama’, ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’, ‘Pushover’, the heart rending ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, 'Good Rockin Daddy' from the HSBC television advert, Etta's iconic signature song ‘At Last’ and more.
M?Kuini will be joined on stage by the sizzling hot Hoo Doo Men that will get you out of your seat and dancing in the aisles!