In New Zealand, a city overshadowed by the music of Celine Dion

In New Zealand, a city overshadowed by the music of Celine Dion

In New Zealand, a city overshadowed by the music of Celine Dion

For several months, residents of a town in New Zealand have been exposed to an unusual scourge: nightly competitions over loudspeakers between motorists fond of the songs of Canadian Celine Dion.

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Star Celine Dion.
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It hurts our earsAnita Baker, the mayor of Porirua, a town with a population of 60,000, told AFP on Thursday (October 26) that people “can no longer sleep.”

Voice battles have become a trend in New Zealand for several years. The goal of each participant is to saturate the sound of others with his own voice, through ultra-powerful audio systems.

They love Celine Dion“, specifies MI Baker. Porirua people cannot listen to his songs like My heart will go on And It all comes down to nowEspecially since the “battles” sometimes continue until two in the morning, according to the mayor.

Randomly, during the week or on weekends, competitors park their cars with their engines running, blast their music at the top of their lungs and change positions frequently to avoid the police.

This happens in our city center, which is located in a basin, and so the noise spreads like a drum to all the suburbs“M explains againI Baker.

According to the elected official, the “fights” began in November 2022, when local rugby fans celebrated the performance of the Samoa Islands in the Rugby League World Cup, where the Pacific nation reached the final.

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MI Baker has already received numerous complaints from frustrated residents, and an online petition is now circulating to put an end to the situation.

The mayor says she is determined to find a solution with the police: “We don't want people to flee our city because of the noise“.

AFP/VNA/CVN

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