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Few singers in New Zealand can com­pare to a sound like that on Maisey Rika’s Tohu. In an era where over-ex­ag­ger­a­tion is cel­e­brated and au­to­tuned per­form­ers be­come icons, Maisey Rika and Tohu emerged as the bench­mark for qual­ity.

Tohu is a so­cially and cul­tur­ally con­scious col­lec­tion of 12 songs that Maisey wrote over the past decade.

The tracks in­clude Ladeda Day, Nia, Re­peat Of­fender, Omaio and Un­touch­able, some of which are the very first songs writ­ten by Maisey and demon­strate her or­ganic soul and il­lus­trate her de­vel­op­ing song­writ­ing flair.

Tohu, which was pro­duced by Mahuia Bridg­man-Cooper, is rich with tales and the uni­ver­sal emo­tions of ad­ver­sity, hap­pi­ness, love, and jus­tice.

Maisey ded­i­cated a song to Nia Glassie, where she sings: ‘‘ Nia, sets my soul on fire. Jus­tice, en­force pun­ish­ment. Too young, a cry her only de­fence.’’

The an­ces­tral sounds of tra­di­tional Maori in­stru­ments have been used along­side gui­tars, drums, an­i­mated horns and pure strings.

Well placed lyrics fused with an ef­fort­less so­prano, Maisey Rika’s Tohu will take you by the hand and walk with you barefoot through the for­est of life. Aden Miles

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