The Polynesian audience will be able to
discover a great voice of the American song, Avis Harrell. Student of Stevie
Wonder, back up singer for Ray Charles and Wayne Newton, the singer will be
on tour for two weeks with the Tropical Combo Band.
one of her show, the Tropical Combo Band was on
the same program that evening. It is naturally that she joined
the group to sing along. Since, she has participated to the recording of one of their album, and last year, she came back
for the show Heiva Upa Rau Oscars Awards show as our
guest of honor, while giving a series of concerts accompanied
by the Tropical Combo Band.
Born in the United States in a family where
singing is a second nature,
Avis Harrell was surrounding by gospel and soul.
She begins to sing
at the age of 7. Later, Stevie Wonder will help her and
give her some
advice for her career. She becomes a back up singer for Ray
for a long world tour, and she participates during three years in
show of Wayne Newton in Las Vegas. She then starts to write her own
It is the third time that she comes in
Tahiti. Her first stay in 1995
remained unnoticed, she sang in a local café,
along with her pianist,
when a night, the Tropical band was on the same
program, Big Band
of jazz with 15 musicians.
She spontaneously joined the
group to sing
some classic songs. Rossoni Brothers then asked her to
the recording of their upcoming album with the Tropical Band.
sings “Spain” of Chic Corea, “That’s friends are for” of Dionne
and “Mean to me”, an old tune, just before getting back in
the plane to Los
Angeles. But Stephane' and Frederic Rossoni
kept in touch and planned to
work together in the future.
later, she is back for the show Heiva Upa Rau of
November 2000 at the grand
theatre of the “Maison de la culture”
and gives a series of concerts at Papeete with the Tropical Combo
Considering the success and the impact
that she has with the
audience, the band was anxious to have her come back.
repertoire is wide, but she excels in soul, funk and rhythm and blues
styles. From Stevie Wonder to Tina Turner, it is the core of the black
American music that is revisited for the greatest pleasure of the