Timely re­lease of album

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

For mu­si­cian Moana Ma­niapoto, this year’s New Zealand Mu­sic Month is ex­tra spe­cial.

The an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of New Zealand mu­sic co­in­cides with the re­lease of her latest album Wha.

The Grey Lynn res­i­dent has re­cently re­turned home from Canada, where she has been at­tend­ing an in­dige­nous mu­sic and dance con­fer­ence, as well as screen­ing a doc­u­men­tary based on the le­gal con­tro­versy sur­round­ing her name that is trade­marked by a Ger­man com­pany.

Also a law grad­u­ate, Moana says she prefers to fo­cus on cre­at­ing mu­sic rather than wran­gling with in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty lawyers.

Wha is Moana’s fourth album in a ca­reer that be­gan in 1990 with the re­lease of Tahi.

And with al­most 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the busi­ness, she’s happy with the re­sult.

“It’s like they’re lit­tle pieces of art in them­selves that work well to­gether,” she says.

Moana says she en­joys col­lab­o­rat­ing and per­form­ing with other artists, from in­dige­nous kapa haka per­form­ers and com­posers to ex­per­i­men­tal mu­si­cians like Alastair Gal­braith, who has built a treadle­pow­ered glass har­mo­nium – an in­stru­ment that pro­duces “an­cient eerie sounds”.

Both Gal­braith and Moana have re­ceived Arts Foun­da­tion of New Zealand Lau­re­ate Awards in recog­ni­tion of their high lev­els of artis­tic achieve­ment.

Moana says adding to mu­sic has to be fluid and is not as easy as it looks.

“It’s taken a long time to be con­fi­dent in the art form to in­cor­po­rate haka into your mu­sic.

“It’s not just an ad­don, but it must be used spar­ingly be­cause it’s a pow­er­ful tool,” she says.

A track on the album called Te Apo, is one ex­am­ple. It was com­posed with the sounds of the 2005 Hong Kong protest against the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion in mind and in­cor­po­rates haka and karanga.

Moana & the Tribe will be per­form­ing their new album with guests in­clud­ing Ruia Aper­a­hama, at Galatos, to­mor­row night.

A New Zealand tour is also planned, as well as a tour through­out Ger­many, Poland, Switzer­land and Italy.

Wha is in stores this week. For more in­for­ma­tion see www.mo ananz.com.

– Carly Tawhiao is an AUT jour­nal­ism

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New re­lease: Moana Ma­niapoto will per­form at Galatos to­mor­row night to re­lease her latest album Wha.

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