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 email@example.com, 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 ticketdirect.co.nz
Maaka Pohatu, Jamie McCaskill, James Tito, and Francis Kora onstage for an award-winning performance in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.