Aio reach out for fans

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Porirua band Aio strive to make mu­sic with a pur­pose and hope to reach more peo­ple this week at the Kokiri gig in Welling­ton.

Aio will front a mu­si­cal event at The Gar­den Club this Fri­day, which fea­tures some up-and-com­ing acts in­clud­ing Smoke­free Paci­fica Beats win­ners Te Paamu, Chant­down and Chil­dren of the Mist.

Aio’s lead vo­cal­ist, Aja Wairere Ropata, says the band’s dis­tinct sound makes them stand out.

‘‘Our mu­sic is based around te reo Maori and Pakeha orig­i­nal songs that we write in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lab­o­rate to­gether.

‘‘ We play be­tween the gen­res of reg­gae, R’n’B, soul, jazz mu­sic . . . We have been to­gether for about a year now as a unit and are cur­rently work­ing on record­ing with York Stu­dios.’’

High­lights from last year in­cluded open­ing for Kiwi reg­gae acts Three Houses Down, 1814 and Katchafire.

‘‘ We have al­ways at­tended kau­papa [ with prin­ci­pal] gigs which we love sup­port­ing.

‘‘We’re big on help­ing out where we can by do­ing gigs with mean­ing.’’

Aio, in Maori, means bal­ance, calm­ness and peace, which they try to ap­ply to ev­ery­thing they do, says Aja.

Band mem­bers Zane, Peter and Te Kawa at­tend Whi­tireia’s mu­sic school.

Kokiri starts at 7pm. The Gar­den Club is at 13b Dixon St.

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