Maori-World fusion band WAI.TAI will take you around the world featuring musical flavours from the Pacific to Europe, to the Middle East, across the African and Asian continents, and to the Americas – with music from Aotearoa at its core. Literally no genre is off the table.
What a great way to celebrate the start of Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week).
Not only that, but the Maori language is seamlessly imbued alongside English with a bit of story-telling here and there for an engaging and at times amusing performance. Don’t worry, the audience doesn’t get lost! The band's Orator (and bass player) will speak English and have you on the edge of your seat.
Listen to some sample tracks here: https://www.waitaimusic.nz/music
As well as a strong set of originals, the set also includes songs from well-known musicians like Ray Charles, Hirini Melbourne, Bob Marley, Steve Earle, Fat Freddys Drop, the Mamas and Papas, and Dread Beat Blood in surprising re-arrangements that audiences thought they knew – until they went to a WAI.TAI concert.
At just four years old, WAI.TAI has already headlined at all the major folk festivals in Aotearoa, and its first EP ‘Hoea’ has surpassed half a million plays on Spotify. Three of its first five original recordings have been included in international performances and videos. That’s not too bad for a new entrant.
“We have a huge amount of fun exploring and sharing music from anywhere in the world but the band’s kaupapa is inherently environmental, humanitarian and hopeful,” says the band's musical director Robyn.
Find out more about what "lights their fire" here: https://www.waitaimusic.nz/about
The line-up on guitar, banjo and vocals is Robyn Kamira (Auckland, Te Rarawa), uke and vocals is Te Auripo Kamira (Dunedin, Te Rarawa), bass and orator is Antony Royal (Auckland, Wellington, Ngati Raukawa), fiddle is Krissy Jackson (New Plymouth, Te Rarawa) and percussion is Luther Hunt (Wellington, Te Ati Awa).
Find out more about the band here: https://www.waitaimusic.nz/
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
All ages event but be aware that it's a listening concert
What can I bring into the event?
You can bring a small "tipple" beverage of your choice.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You can bring a printed ticket or simply show your ticket on your device when you arrive.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes, give your ticket to a friend if you need to.