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Fearnhead singer Makuini to sing anthems at World Cup
5:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
FANS who watch next weekend’s World Cup clash in Warrington may not be aware that the two anthems will be sung by someone who calls the town their home.
Makuini, a blues and jazz star, will belt out the New Zealand and Samoa anthems at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday in the opening weekend of the World Cup.
No stranger to official occasions, the Fearnhead singer was also singing in 2007 at the centenary tests between Great Britain and New Zealand as well as the Tongan anthem when they took on an England side in Widnes.
This weekend, she will sing at Salford as the England Knights take on Samoa and England play Italy in warm-up games.
David Wright, her husband and music producer, said: “Makuini will be getting a reputation as the anthem singer as well as Warrinton's own Queen of the Blues.”
The pair met when his parents Hilda and Kenneth, who were butchers in Stockton Heath, decided to up sticks and emigrate to New Zealand.
But leaving home ended up being the best thing that ever happened to David after meeting his wife, blues and jazz singer Makuini.
“He tried to tie himself to a tree down the road from where he lived because his friends told him the Maoris eat people,” said Makuini.
“I just eat his bank balance.”
They moved back to Warrington in 1978.
And Makuini and her track 'I Am The River' written by her sister Heeni is featured on the Classic Blues Magazine cover CD alongside blues greats such as Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal.
This is a first for both a New Zealand Maori singer and writer and in turn a first for a Warrington singer as well.
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