No to Negativity

Don’t listen to the negative voices. Believe in your dreams and go for it – that’s the message of a new single by Taranaki soul-fusion band, Fin Rah Zel.

Negativity No More is already climbing on Spotify and Apple editorial playlists, following on the band’s success in January when their single, Power, soared to the top of Spotify’s top playlist.

Band founder and lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Brian Norton wrote the latest song as a response to the vibe of conversations around him. 

‘I’m always hearing people say, ‘I wish I could do this’ or ‘I wish I could do that’. It’s like, well why aren’t you doing it?’

Channeling elements of soul and melodies from the likes of Matt Corby and Allen Stone and inspired by L.A.B and Mako Road, the band describe their music as “uplifting and energising, yet giving you a sense of peace at the same time.”

And the exotic name? Some might recognise it as the name of the sorceress from the classic movie Willow, one of Brian’s childhood favourites.

The four-piece band includes Chris Buhler (bass and back-up vocals), Jordan Jones (percussion and back-up vocals), Jack Moser (keyboard and back-up vocals). 

Next performance: 24th June, 6.45pm – 7.25pm at Café Green Door balcony, Huatoki Plaza, New Plymouth


Featuring 113 films over 40 days, this year’s DOC EDGE International Film Festival will be a hybrid event with in-person screenings in Auckland and Wellington, while the rest of the country, including Taranaki, can enjoy virtual screenings.

Dates: 1 June – 10 July via the website

The L’or French Film Festival screens at the Len Lye Cinema in New Plymouth’s Govett Brewster Art Gallery from 30th June – 14th July. With 21 films of varying lengths you can find out more at

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