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