Sound and rhythm ex­plored

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Paekakariki singer-song­writer Hinemoana Baker will lend her eclec­tic tal­ents to this week­end’s Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

The an­nual Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tion will once again en­sure Te Rau­paraha Park and the nearby arena, aquatic cen­tre and Pataka mu­seum are a hive of di­verse ac­tiv­ity and cul­ture.

Baker is a poet and mu­si­cian with a fas­ci­na­tion for sound ef­fects and un­usual in­stru­ments.

She is the daugh­ter of a for­mer Maori All Black and a mother who de­scends from Bavar­ian goat-herders, known for their yo­delling.

Lan­guage lovers should en­joy Baker’s blend of te reo Maori and po­etry, de­liv­ered in a rich, vel­vety voice.

She says she loves to ex­plore sound, and her dig­i­tal loop­ing pedal al­lows her to in­cor­po­rate any sound into her sto­ry­telling.

Baker has per­formed around New Zealand, Aus­tralia, In­done­sia, and most re­cently Iowa in the United States.

Fel­low Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments act Maori elec­tron­ica band Wai will also ex­plore Maori lan­guage with nat­u­ral beats, rhythms and sounds.

Hu­man breath, in­sect and bird sounds are in­cor­po­rated with vo­cal pat­terns and har­monies – which is elec­tron­ica.

The power and life of wa­ter is the pri­mary el­e­ment in­te­gral to cel­e­bra­tions at this year’s fes­ti­val.

Wai’s sound in­cor­po­rates pa­tere, ngeri, haka, wa­iata ringa, pao and wa­iata tangi style.

Their or­ganic nat­u­ral rhythms from the poi, back and forth, cre-



in ate tight thud­ding beats – an al­to­gether ex­cit­ing and in­vig­o­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, says fes­ti­val pub­li­cist Genevieve Drake.


The Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments be­gins with an open­ing cer­e­mony at noon at Te Rau­paraha Park and con­tin­ues un­til 7.30pm. Mix­ing it up: Lan­guage, rhythm and sound ef­fects will fuse when Hinemoana Baker takes the stage at the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

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