Maisey Rika to headline Ko Ngati Awa Te Toki 2010 – 2050 concert

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Following a stellar performance at Whakatanes Liberty Centre last Friday night, it has been announced today that hometown favourite Maisey Rika will wow local crowds once again on March 6, 2010.

MaiseyRikaTRika (Ngati Pukeko) will headline the Ko Ngati Awa Te Toki 2010 2050 concert which is to be held at Wairaka Marae. The free concert is the finale to a month long campaign celebrating the launch of the Ngati Awa iwi vision for 2050 and will showcase some of the tribes most illustrious performing arts talent.

Given her schedule and the fact she is currently touring, we are certainly very fortunate to secure Maisey to headline the concert says William Stewart, Communications Advisor for the Ko Ngati Awa Te Toki launch campaign.

We thought she may want to take a break to recover from the tour but, instead, she jumped at the chance to support her iwi and the Ko Ngati Awa Te Toki kaupapa.

Rika has quickly built a reputation as a talented vocalist with a distinctive, soulful sound. Her ability was not overlooked at the 2009 Maori Music Awards where she picked up the accolade for Best Maori Female Solo Artist, as well as being a finalist Best Maori Songwriter category. Rika attributes much of her success to the support of her wh?nau and considers the opportunity to play at the event a great honour.

Im honoured to be asked to play and represent Ngati Awa. Im from here, my nans from Poroporo, so I just want to help make our iwi proud says Ms Rika

Australian hip hop group TheKumpnees attendance at the concert was announced last week. The Sydney based crew will join Maisey Rika in a line up that Stewart says will get even bigger

So far we have confirmed both Maisey Rika and TheKumpnee but we are very close to announcing yet another high profile Ngati Awa musician to round out the headliners

The Ko Ngati Awa Te Toki 2010 2050 concert will begin at 3pm and will conclude at 8pm. Visit www.ngatiawa.com for further information.

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