Singer-songwriter to release album


A Clutha musician has called the upcoming release of her debut folk and country album “the end of a chapter” in her life.

Kaka Point’s Ronel Hunter has been playing music for most of her life, but the most intensive period came over the past three years to release Move At Will.

Born in South Africa, the singer-songwriter came to New Zealand 11 years ago and has not looked back since.

“I fell in love with a Kiwi man . . .I just love it here,” she said.

The traveller spent nine years living in Balclutha before making the move to Kaka Point.

Mrs Hunter said she resisted any attempts to box her into any particular musical category, but was influenced by the work of Tracey Chapman, Alanis Morrisette and Dolly Parton.

‘‘I play a range of different genres, but for this album I’ve gone with folk and country.’’

She said her favourite part of performing was the ‘‘story­telling aspect’’.

A concert will be held on March 20, 7.30pm, at 59 Clyde St, in Balclutha, to launch the album.