Under a cloudless sky on the 20th of February at the wonderful Māngere Arts Centre, NEXT Gen brought together rising talents with established local artists to perform for their community, friends, and family. For the fresh talent of Spooky (Sylas through Ngā Rangatahi Toa and representing Mangere 275), LyREC (Rose, Eve and Cyprus of Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate School) and Matai, Maria and Karina of Māngere Central School, it was the culmination of all the growth they have experienced through the Base FM youth mentoring program that had been running through 2020.

There was no shortage of inspiration for the rangatahi as they performed alongside the award-winning soul and RnB singer RAZÉ, Te Henga rapper Kau + squad including Rehua and Mana, and For the Ville label owner and POETIK’s DJ Bass 685.

It has been amazing watching the confidence in our young artists and performers grow and we can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Keep your eyes peeled for more youth mentoring action this year on BASE FM and another NEXT Gen event in the future.

This event was brought to you proudly by Haumako & Base FM, with thanks to Mangere Otahuhu Arts, Mangere Arts Centre, The local board, Auckland UNESCO City of Music, and Mangere Central School for the support.

DJ Bass 685
LyREC – Eve, Rose, Cyprus
Mangere Central School – Matai, Maria, Karina

Videography – Yannika
Photography – Mana
Sound engineer – Amelia
Host – Grassmouth
Backup – Tom