The Weekend Sun Competition

Her songs have shaped generations, and now the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, will be celebrated at this year’s National Jazz Festival Tauranga. 

Classics such as Respect and A Natural Woman will ring out at Baycourt Community and Arts Centre on April 20, as Kiwi soul singer Bella Kalolo delves back into songs that left us spellbound with a one-off show.

The concert forms part of an incredible line-up, with more than 55 acts performing at eight venues across four days. It is the festival’s 57th edition.

Since winning Best Female Artist at the prestigious Pacific Music Awards in 2012 and 2014, Bella’s singing career has gone from strength to strength.

She has worked with icons such as Dave Dobbyn, Chaka Khan, Don McGlashan and Fat Freddy’s Drop among others, and travelled the world with her music, winning accolades at Glastonbury and City of London festivals.

And she can’t wait to bring her swag, formed in Christchurch’s neo soul scene, and nine-piece band to Tauranga this Easter.

“Having grown up listening to all the greats, it’s a huge honour to share Aretha’s songs at the National Jazz Festival Tauranga,” says Bella.

“Aretha was amazing musically, and she resounds hugely with me. Her songs are full of memories.”

This year’s National Jazz Festival Tauranga runs from April 18-21. For more information, visit: or get your tickets from Ticketek or Baycourt Community and Arts Centre box office.

To celebrate the tribute, The Weekend Sun has one double pass for the April 20 concert for one lucky reader.

Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Annette Fitzpatrick!