Listening to her father’s music as a child, Meleane Havea said it sparked an innate feeling which has now guided her to become involved in a special program supporting local talent.
Meleane has been performing for almost a decade and she jumped at the opportunity to take part in Bundaberg Regional Council's Spark Starter Program.
The initiative provides local musicians the opportunity to work with project coordinators to showcase their performance talents, network with likeminded people, attend free workshops with professionals, work within the industry and fast track their careers.
“My dad used to play Tongan music around me when I was growing up – I never consciously thought deeply about music – I just knew I enjoyed it,” Meleane said.
“My first performance happened when I was 10, and I became aware of how much I loved music and I realised how naturally it came to me.
“I love how it feels so natural to me. When I sing and play, I feel very focused yet peaceful.”
Meleane Havea part of Spark Starter cohort
Meleane is one of eight talented locals enrolled in this year’s program, and she said taking the leap to sign up to Spark Starter had been worth every moment.
“I think it’s so great for Bundaberg because it’ll introduce the community to more creativity and art,” she said.
“It’s funny because I had been thinking and manifesting about sparking up my music pursuits.
“One day I was driving past the piano in the main street and saw the advertisement saying buskers wanted.
“It felt like a sign, and I was intrigued to see what I’d do if I took the leap!”
Meleane Havea said she looked forward to the upcoming performances, after taking to the stage at various events through the Spark Starter.
“I love performing and I’m excited about all the different venues and people I’ll see,” she said.
“The process has been really exciting so far – I’ve been to Childers Festival and Taste Festival.
“Both were good starting points and I’ve been incredibly grateful to have the chance to be there.”
To find out more information about the Spark Starter program click here.
The Spark Starter project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.