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Hip hop event turning "no homo" into "yo homo"

Thu 28 Feb 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

What’s believed to be Wellington’s first ever LGBTQI+ hip-hop event will be held this Saturday night, to raise funds to assist the cyclone recovery in Samoa. The featured artists at Homiesexual include poet Sian Torrington, female MC Masala, R’n’B artist Monique Rei, DJ Au Mai Gosh, drag king Brey Kin Hearts, popper Elijah and DJ Leilani. Event organisers BOX, say they want to promote solidarity across a number of diverse communities. “Hip hop heads know the old homophobic no homo adage. Well, at Homiesexual we flip it and say yo homo in a bid to show support and solidarity between our hip hop, Pasifika, Maori, Palagi and LGBTQI-plus communities. There’s no separating them” says BOX founding member and organiser Fetu-ole-moana Tamapeau. Proceeds will be going to the Samoa Victim Support Group, a grassroots organisation that helps domestic and sexual abuse survivors in the islands. Currently they are working on cyclone recovery efforts in Samoa. The event is being held on Saturday 2 March at Emperor’s Bathhouse in central Wellington. Door sales are $10 and presales are available for $5 here    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 28th February 2013 - 10:37am

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