Tomorrow People





A studio project turned live stage show, Wellington based eight-piece Tomorrow People are purveyors of what they describe as ‘sunshine reggae’. Focused on providing a mid-tempo sound that, while clearly reggae-centric, adds touches of dancehall ragga to its colour. It is a sound built around strong vocals, soothing harmonies, catchy hooks, aggressive ragga raps, and feel good riddims (rhythms).
Together, the 8-piece band of mixed descent (Maori/Pacific Island) have decades of experience in the music industry, citing previous careers in hip-hop, R&B, gospel, funk and soul. Taking their name from a Ziggy Marley song, Tomorrow People live up to the futuristic allusions it casts, having built their fanbase via Facebook and tracks uploaded to YouTube.
Predominantly marketing online has allowed the band to preview unreleased songs for their fan base, and they have had an overwhelming response to date with over 80,000 views of their songs in a few short months. Their listenership picks up numbers by the day. 2011 saw the band record their debut album and hit the road to play shows nationwide.
In March 2011, the band released their first official single to radio and online in preparation for their album release in May. Their initial track is a collaborative effort with Hawaiian supergroup Kolohe Kai.
Tomorrow People gather their musical influence from Jamaican and Hawaiian artists alike. Combined with their roots in NZ music, they bring a sound that is clean, laid-back and easy on the eardrums.


Ria Hall


Ria Hall is of Ngāi Te Rangi/Ngāti Ranginui ancestry, and has three older sisters. She grew up in Maungatapu and attended Maungatapu School, Tauranga Intermediate and Tauranga Girls' College. At secondary school she became interested in singing through kapa haka and later joined the kapa haka group Waka Huia. In Wellington in 2006 Hall created a reggae band called Hope Road. She sang at the opening ceremony for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and released her debut self-titled EP in 2011, which won Best Māori Album at the 2012 New Zealand Music Awards. In 2013 Hall featured as a guest vocalist on Stan Walker's single "Like It's Over" and has rescently teamed up with Che Fu for her latest single "Tell Me".


Takitoru



Waiata Maori, Reo Maori, Wahine Maori! I whakatūria i ngā tau 1990, nei rā mātou e piri tonu ana i te tau 2012. Kaiwaiata: Roimata Kereama, Charlotte Simmonds, Angie Stretch. Ko TAKITORU e ngunguru nei!!


Tihi Puanaki




Tihi Puanaki's name - which means "pinnacle" in Maori - is fitting, as she is considered one of the top kapa haka instructors in the country. She has been involved in kapa haka for about 40 years and has recieved the Pride of NZ's Lifetime Achievement award. Mrs Puanaki is the founding member of Te Kotahitanga, the South Island's longest-running kapa haka group.

IcePro


Taipari "Icepro" Waaka is a maori independent urban music artist, music producer, events and radio host, community leader and youth mentor based in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
With 20 years+ experience, having won regional "Pasifika Beats" competition twice in highschool, furthering education at Wintec Hamilton, and with numerous events and projects under his belt including "One Love" and "The Marleys Festival", Icepro has built a solid foundation within the local New Zealand music scene. Performing along side international and national artists "Sean Kingston" and "Baby Bash", "Katchafire" and "Tiki Taane", Icepro has found much success as a solo artist. Reaching out to local youth groups and establishments, hosting shows such as "Children's Day" and "IT Factor", and performing at the 2016 "Coronation" in Ngaruawahia and "Christmas in the Square", hosting a "NZ music only" radio show for the last 4 years through Access Manawatu, demonstrating his willingness to be a positive member of his community.
Currently producing music out of his studio for various national and international, and continuing community participation through music workshops and performances, Icepro is preparing to release his first solo release titled "Me, My Selfie & Ice EP" on the 6th May 2017. A personal and revealing piece intended to show the depth and diversity of his passion for the craft of music.

Moana Maniapoto


Long acknowledged for having consistently pushed the boundaries of Maori music in both her recordings and live performances, singer/songwriter Moana Maniapoto is a self-confessed political junkie whose lyrics are rooted in the NZ landscape, culture and experience - inspiring her to "produce her own blend of traditional and contemporary styles without compromising either (Graham Reid, music critic)." The NZ Herald described Moana & the Tribe as "the most powerful, enjoyable and important act on the mainstage at Womad 2014 delivering a thumping, visually powerful and cleverly calculated implosion of waiata, haka and electronic-flavoured soul-funk."
Where once upon a time her main inspiration came from fusing Pakeha western music with traditional Maori music, she now finds synergies between music from a range of cultures. Over the decades, ‘Moana and Tribe’ have performed and learned from First Nation people in the Arctic circle (Sami) and the Borneo rainforest, as well as performing in Taiwan, Korea, Russia, Hungary and the US. In this AOTNZ tour, her activism, which she refers to as ‘artivism’, focuses on the fundamental relationship that we have with ‘moana’ - the ocean.


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