To call Aotearoa based Samoan King Kapisi simply a rapper would be to sell him short as an artist. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, beat-boxer, dancer, father, husband – the man exudes culture. Supported by a live 4-piece band – playing jazz inspired, reggae laced, based infused, synth laden tunes – and his wife on vocals, father of four Kapisi has picked up multiple slots at this year’s Dreaming Festival: Australia’s International Indigenous Festival. A worthy addition to the weekend’s lineup, Kapisi brings not only hi sown Pacific inspired funk and hip-hop style to the stage, but also pays a healthy and sincere tribute to local Indigenous artists, and other multicultural performers in attendance. You can tell he is not just paying them lip service either – he’s been to see each and every one of them plays, and commends them all highly. An imposing figure – size, tatts and a definite swagger – King Kapisi makes everyone in his presence feel like a welcome member of his family, having a party at his house. Rounding out his short set with an old fashioned party jam, Kapisi and his band tore ip the stage alongside fellow performers including Radical Son, Haitian Sensation, Dreadlock Voodoo and others. Hi ‘last 5 minutes’ on stage probably stretched out to nearly 15, but no-one was complaining. *nomadiqueMC is a freelance writer and blogger, and was a guest of ‘The Dreaming’ as a part of the ‘Cyberblaggies’ forum. This review was a personal aside.