Fes­ti­val brings Maori quar­tet

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JIM CHIPP

The Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet will bring some 1960s show­band style to Shed 6 next month.

The old-school group will per­form a show at Shed 6 as part of the New Zealand Fes­ti­val.

Found­ing quar­tet mem­ber James Tito said that when the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers sug­gested a re­gional tour, the quar­tet jumped at the op­por­tu­nity.

All the singers are also trained act­ing grad­u­ates from Toi Whakaari, the na­tional drama school, and they re­spond to the au­di­ence as ac­tors.

‘‘Our show re­volves around what the au­di­ence gives back to us, ‘‘ Tito said.

The quar­tet’s reper­toire bridges 1960s and 70s show bands, such as The Howard Mor­ri­son Quar­tet, and Hall and Oates.

Mod­ern songs from the likes of Sam Smith, given a ‘‘an old- school 60s twist’’ are also in the mix, and a crowd favourite is a Te Reo ver­sion of Lorde’s Roy­als. The Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet, Shed 6, Queens Wharf, March 18. Book at tick­etek.co.nz or call 0800 842 538.

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