Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet in Palmy


The ac­claimed Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet is rid­ing the crest of a wave. On their re­cent Asian tour to Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore and Uzbek­istan, the group was awarded the Most Dar­ing & Emo­tional Per­for­mance Award at the 10th Sharq Taronalari In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fe­sit­val in Sa­markand.

‘‘We had such a great time at the fes­ti­val,’’ quar­tet mem­ber Maaka Po­hatu says. ‘‘We were treated like kings the whole time and then to win the award – that was just fan­tas­tic.’’

Back in New Zealand, the four­some then played two sold-out per­for­mances at the Christchurch Arts Fes­ti­val.

They per­form in Palmer­ston North next Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 30 hav­ing re­turned from Septem­ber 21 and 22 gigs at Honolulu’s Kumu Kahua Theatre.

The group’s sig­na­ture cabaret show, An Evening with the Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet, pro­vides a fresh take on clas­sic Maori show­bands, serv­ing up an evening of wa­iata, nos­tal­gia, hits, hu­mour croon­ing and charm.

The Palmer­ston North line-up in­cludes mu­si­cian and ac­tor Jamie McCaskill, a UCOL drama grad­u­ate and Bruce Ma­son Award-win­ning play­wright, who joined the group for the re­cent Asian tour. Ac­tor/mu­si­cian Matariki Whata­rau ( Find Me A Maori Bride, The Almighty John­sons, Go Girls and The Pa Boys) also re­joins Maaka ( Strange Rest­ing Places, The Maori Troilus and Cres­sida) andMMQ­founder and Chap­man Tripp Award-win­ning GIVE­AWAY The Tri­bune has a dou­ble pass to give away to An Evening with the Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet. To en­ter the draw, email your con­tact de­tails with ‘MMQ’ in the sub­ject line to tri­bunecom­pe­ti­, by 5pm Fri­day, Septem­ber 25. One en­try per per­son/email ad­dress please. Win­ners will be ad­vised by phone/email.

ac­tor, James Tito. Quar­tet foun­da­tion mem­ber Fran­cis Kora ( The Pa Boys) and front­man for Kiwi rock band Kora is un­avail­able for the Palmer­ston North con­cert.

Book­ings are through tick­

Maaka Po­hatu, Jamie McCaskill, James Tito, and Fran­cis Kora on­stage for an award-win­ning per­for­mance in Sa­markand, Uzbek­istan.

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