Where witches and Taniwha try to eat little girls and little girls turn into little boys. Welcome to the terrific, wonderful and magical show of Anika Moa and the Chop Chop Hiyaaa! Tour, visiting Dunedin, Wanaka, Timaru and Christchurch this October School Holidays.
The show made its world premiere at this year’s Capital E Festival in Wellington, featuring music from Anika’s award-winning albums Songs For Bubbas and Songs For Bubbas 2.
Moa says Songs For Bubbas was born out of long nights, long car drives and long temper tantrums from her three boys. “Initially I sang to them as a way to calm or amuse them, and now two astoundingly successful albums later, I continue to tell them stories, sing them māori waiata and teach them through music."
“I never realised the genuine need for these waiata in Aotearoa," Moa says. "The demand has been overwhelming. Our very first kids' tour we did in April 2016 was packed to the rafters with parents and children alike excited to hear this crazy old lady sing, and yell, scream and dance alongside her. It was amazing and sincerely uplifting for the audience and performer alike!”
“My aim is to make my kids show's engaging but most importantly educational. Kids learn basic te reo, the colours and how to count. That's something to make them feel proud. They learn the art of storytelling too. When you make up wild tales of rats that love to karate chop or a witch that loves to eat little girls, it sparks a child's imagination. That's why this show must go on the road to every nook and cranny of Aotearoa.”
Warning: This show is full of singing, dancing and frightful fun so pack your snacks and nappies and come on callers join the party! Hiyaaa!