Music, the 1980s and Rotorua – put that together and you come up with legendary band Cairo. The Rotorua group made it big in the New Zealand entertainment industry during that period and today individually remain top names in the Kiwi music field, all continuing to work professionally. Cairo formed after a jam session at Auckland’s swanky Cleopatra nightclub. Armand Crown, Rob Paterson, Richard Anaru, Ernie Semu and Kimi Tupaea became Cairo. A short time later, Rotorua’s Mickey Ututaonga became the band’s drummer with Tupaea and Crown moving on to other things. Fame followed with television appearances and tours with Roy Orbison and the Commodores, to name a few. Then the band did something no other at the time had done, it bought a nightclub – Tudor Towers in Rotorua – where the Rotorua Museum now stands. The band played four or five nights a week, had an international following and put Rotorua on the map as a
destination for musos. Nowadays the band get together for special functions and events so it was a must they were added to this year’s Lakeside 2018 – Whenua #itsabouthome line-up.

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