A uniquely Kiwi concert
Muriwai musician Moana Maniapoto likes to switch between English and Maori during her gigs.
She liked using Maori lyrics because it was quite poetic, and sounded really beautiful.
‘‘It’s a really round and rich language.’’
Maniapoto and members of her band, Moana and The Tribe, are performing a gig at the Titirangi Theatre on July 2. She’s performing as part of the Matariki Festival.
But growing up the Kiwi songstress did not know about Matariki. Maniapoto said she had now learnt how important Matariki was, and liked there was something uniquely New Zealand on our calender.
The band will play songs Maniapoto’s father sung to her has a child, and tracks from the band’s five albums including Rima.
The show will have an uplifting, garage party feel, Maniapoto said, and would be a tribute to the ocean. The guitarist will be accompanied by her sister Trina Maniapoto on ukulele, Paddy Free on base and Karlos Tunkson keyboard.
Their music was quite difficult to describe but at the moment it was more electronica with traditional Maori elements, the singer said.
‘‘It’s Moana music at the end of the day.’’
Tickets are eventfinda.co.nz. $31.75 from
Muriwai musician Moana Maniapoto will be performing on July 2 at the Titirangi Theatre.