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7:00pm, Sat 27 August, 2022
The Tuning Fork, Auckland

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In support of her new album, out 27th Aug, and for the first time Ngaiire is bringing her full 6 piece band to Aotearoa and hitting the stage with longtime friend and Wellington-bred Wallace for a night of neo-soul, electronic infused jazz and alternative pop.

The Papua New Guinean x Sydney based artist has built a musical identity that effortlessly crosses genre and art form. Her renowned vocals, tight beats and big pop sounds have seen NGAIIRE acquire countless accolades including four National Live Music Awards, an FBi Radio SMAC Award for best live act, Australian Music Prize and AIR Award nominations and the inaugural Australian Women in Music Award for Artistic Excellence. Not to mention gracing the stages of Glastonbury through to Splendour In The Grass, and touring alongside artists from Sufjan Stevens to Flume to Alicia Keys and John Legend.

Consistently connecting the dots between genres and influences, Wallace’s artistic identity has become uniquely recognisable, with her jazz training and distinct harmonies captivating audiences around the globe. This style has seen her work in the studio with Dutch legends Kraak & Smaak, Australian hip-hop staples Thundamentals, Botswana-raised, Melbourne-based rapper Sampa The Great, laying vocals over beats by Godriguez, and most recently feature on Sola Rosa’s 2020 album ‘Chasing The Sun'. Celebrated for her electric live show, Wallace has previously toured alongside the likes of Jordan Rakei, Masego (USA), Morcheeba (UK), Rag’n’Bone Man (UK), Little Simz (UK), Winston Surfshirt and Gabriel Garzon Montano (USA).

What the media have said: 


“Papua New Guinean-born singer shows what could happen if Mary J Blige and Erykah Badu brought their voices to a collaboration with M.I.A.’s genre-bending sensibility.” - Music Feeds

“Creative yet confronting, skilful yet strange, inspiring yet disorientating….a show that stepped outside the creative norm” – Howl and Echoes


Wallace’s performance is fantastic, laid back but simmering with a distinct energy.. a captivating intertwining of classic and contemporary technique - Ada Frui

Staggering vocals and the production work accompanying them has always been nothing short than perfection - Stereofox

Beyond defying genre and delivering all kinds of unnameable yet intriguing emotions, the song is an ode to unconventionality - Girls Are Awesome

a stunning mix of the orchestral and the odd, with Wallace‘s gorgeous voice being the glistening cherry on top - Purple Sneakers

(Wallace) and co-writer Danny Barwick craft an enchanting soundscape full of sampled piano, strings, drums and even chickens to bring the magical notions to vivid life - Soulbounce 

Like a good film or a delicious meal, WALLACE leaves you satisfied - I'm Good I'm Gone

pacey, ultra-modern production that couches her always peerless vocal - Double J

A modernized version of r&b infused with just the right amount of electronic textures and well chosen samples. Morcheeba and Zaki Ibrahim comes to mind with this fresh sounding creation, inspired by the heydays of trip-hop - Boulimique de Musique