Aio reach out for fans
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.