Biographies - 23.08.2023
Bella Kalolo, of Samoan, Tongan & Maori (Ngati Porou) descent, is a much loved singer/songwriter, actress and performing artist. She is well known in the New Zealand music scene for her soulful, powerhouse vocal, her big hair and her even bigger heart. She has worked with and supported a wide variety of artists such as Ciara, Mos Def & Renee Geyer through to Fat Freddy’s Drop, Hollie Smith and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Bella has accepted invites to perform her original music at Glastonbury Festival, City Of London Festival, Sydney Festival, Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta and toured the USA supporting Aaradhna alongside J Boog and reggae favourites Katchafire. She is a Festival favourite in New Zealand and has featured at events such as the Auckland arts Festival, Festival of Colour, Tauranga Jazz Fest, Te Tairawhiti arts Fest, Wellington Jazz Fest, Parachute Festival, Dunedin Arts Fest, Napier Art Deco Fest & the Waiheke Jazz Festival.
For over a decade, Kalolo has performing and/or recording with the likes of Rob Ruha, Sola Rosa, Don McGlashan, Dave Dobbyn, Nathan Haines, Ka Hao, Hollie Smith, Sammy J, House of Downtown, Tina Cross, Aaradhna, multiple tours with the Pink Floyd Experience and most recently touring as a Backing Vocalist with Teeks on his ‘Something to Feel’ tour. With two acclaimed releases under her belt Without the Paper (2011) and Time and Space Ep (2013), Bella was awarded Best Pacific Female artist in the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards in 2012 and 2014. In 2014 Bella also caught the eye, or rather ears, of two vocal legends. Sydney Festival's headliner Chaka Khan invited Bella to perform alongside her in an epic performance of "I'm Every Woman" and at New Zealand's first soul festival - Soulfest - acclaimed singer, Angie Stone invite Bella to sing backing vocals (alongside Aaradhna and Pani and Pani) to her crowd favourite "Wish I Didn't Miss You". Another career highlight was in 2019 where she was invited to teach John Mayer 'Whakaaria Mai' (How great thou art) and sing alongside him as a commemorative opener to his Auckland Spark Arena concert in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch attacks.
Movie and TV credits include: Sione's Wedding, Matariki, The Orator, Jandals Away, Fresh TV, the web series Housiewives and TV 2's Popstars as Vocal coach. In 2022 Bella has featured on Maori TV’s 5mins of fame for the as Judge & Vocal coach and plays ‘Mary’ in the TV2 Duckrockers series. Musical theatre credits include Disney's The Lion King Sydney Australia, Auckland Theatre Company's productions of Hair, Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Little shop of horrors, Mark Hadlows The Little shop of horrors Regent Theatre and Sky City theatre seasons, also Downstage theatres production of The little shop of horrors, and The Guerilla Collection with Black Grace.