Moa making a song anddance
Dressed as a ninja rat and sharing the stage with a scary witch, singer-songwriting musician Anika Moa is looking forward to being treated like a rock star.
Moa says that’s the benefit of performing for young ones.
‘‘Children don’t take shows for granted,’’ Moa says.
‘‘You get treated like a rock star with kids. They get really excited.
‘‘Adults don’t treat you like that, even if they are there to see you.’’
Kiwi music star Moa is performing her hit children’s show Chop Chop Hiyaaa at local venues across the region as part of the Auckland Arts Festival this month, including the Clevedon Community Hall and Waiuku Memorial Town Hall on March 24.
The show, which Moa toured across the country last year, sees the singer dressed as a naughty ninja rat sharing the stage with a scary witch and hungry taniwha.
Chop Chop Hiyaa is based on Moa’s two successful children’s albums, Songs for Bubbas. Moa says ‘‘It’s awesome’’ ‘‘I get to see these beautiful children sing, dance and have fun. In particular, watching a child who isn’t Ma¯ori singing Ma¯ori is amazing.’’
While the show is targeted at children, she hopes that parents will enjoy the sheer silliness of it all.
‘‘I want them to watch their children light up and be able to relax,’’ Moa says.
‘‘I also hope they find it a little silly, a grown woman running around the stage dressed like a ninja rat.’’
Moa, a mother-of-three, says she’s happy to see working mums become part of the national conversation through the pregnancy of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
‘‘It’s healthy to have a balance. Not just because we can multitask,’’ she says.
‘‘Being able to work and be a mother is good for my well-being. I feel lonely when it’s just me and the kids.’’
This year, Moa will be filming a new online show for TVNZ, as well recording an album for adults.
‘‘And children, of course. I’ll be with my family.’’
Moa performs Chop Chop Hiyaa at Clevedon Community Hall at 11am, and the Waiuku Memorial Town Hall at 4pm on Saturday, March 24.
Go online to aaf.co.nz for more information and to book.
Anika Moa is performing her fun-filled show in Clevedon and Waiuku as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.