Sound and rhythm explored
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.