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Morunga’s musical magic

Lesmurdie resident Lee Morunga will belt out some Motown classics at the Regal Theatre next month in what promises to be a toe-tapping musical night out.

The New Zealand born Morunga went from performing Maori Hakas to singing in The Lion King in Germany, which she performed for 10 years.

But last year the talented vocalist decided to settle in Perth with her family to work as a music teacher at the Kalamunda Music Academy.

She will join the Milford Street Shakers line up as a lead vocalist for  Beyond Hitsville: Motown to Muscle Shoals at Subiaco’s Regal Theatre on Saturday, July 8.

Band leader Dom D’Leno said the Milford Street Shakers had evolved from his previous 60s soul band, Stratosfunk.

When lead singer Yara Neto left the band to have a baby, Stratosfunk went on hiatus before D’Leno brought some of the former members back to form the Milford Street Shakers line-up with a slightly new direction and style.

Next month, the nine-piece 60s soul, rhythm and blues band will play get-up-and-dance music from the 1960s from Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown and Etta James.

Concert goers will have floor space to dance and the party will move upstairs to the Regal Attic Bar with music by the Soul Purpose radio show DJs, Jim Pearson and Tim King.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the Milford St Shakers with their go-go dancers will play two sets from 8.15pm to 10.30pm. Tickets are available from Ticketek.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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