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.’’

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Muri­wai mu­si­cian Moana Ma­niapoto will be per­form­ing on July 2 at the Ti­ti­rangi Theatre.

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