Māori Musos Represent!



Māori musos – RANEA, CONRAD NOEMA, LAB-CROSS, KEMARA SAMUELS and WAI – are getting together on Saturday 21st May 2016, for the gig “REPRESENT” at The Ledge in Porirua, in conjunction with NZ Music Month.

Tickets are $15 for Students, Unemployed & Pre-Sales, Door Sales are $20, and entertainment starts at 8.30pm.

“The main reason for holding this gig is to celebrate Māori musos and the diverse range of awesome music they create,” says Teresa McGregor (Event Organiser). “However, I also want to highlight during NZ Music Month the problems that Māori musos still face getting Māori language music played on NZ radio. Whilst Māori radio stations play NZ music in both Māori and English languages, mainstream radio stations won’t give Māori language music a chance. So this gig is also about reminding the programmers at those stations that Māori music is New Zealand music too.”

“Moana Maniapoto wrote a great article late last year which noted that the last Māori language track to win Single of the Year at the NZ Music Awards was “E I Pō” in 1982, and the last one to go to number one in NZ was “Poi E” – 30 years ago. In fact we hear the same stats about these two songs every year. The sad thing is that it’s unlikely that either of those songs would even get their foot in the door of a mainstream NZ radio station these days. Moana also noted in her article, that according to Sony Records’ figures at the time, the song “Aotearoa” by Stan Walker (featuring Maisey Rika, Troy Kingi and Ria Hall – some of the most high profile Māori recording artists in NZ) was only played by four non-Māori radio stations, and that one of those stations would only play the English version of the song. So that says it all really.”

[quote_center]“We need to come up with a solution to address this issue now so that we aren’t quoting the same old stats during NZ Music Month in another 30 years’ time. As a first step, I’d like to put a challenge out to all mainstream radio stations in this country to commit to playing three Māori language songs each day during Māori Language week which is coming up in July. Then maybe the next step could be for them to do the same during NZ Music Month in 2017. Surely that’s not a lot to ask?”[/quote_center]

For more info contact: Teresa McGregor, RANEA Management, SOB Productions, Ph: 027 2075016

Email: tmcgregor@sobproductions.nz


  • Kemara Samuels is one of Wellington’s top vocalists. He and his extraordinary band of gifted musicians – including Elliotte & Eugene Fuimaono, Des Mellon, Cary Baxter & Leva Sua – have a fresh reggae funk sound which will take you on a journey to where you want to go.
  • WAI features the distinctive vocals of Mina Ripia and Yama Bushi, and the beats of award-winning Māori music Producer Maaka ‘Phat’ McGregor. Joining them on stage will be their son Uta Te Whanga to perform an intimate acoustic set of songs in Te Reo Māori. WAI has toured extensively overseas and their album WAI 100% has won a string of awards including two nominations for the BBC World Music Awards.
  • RANEA is currently NZ’s top Māori language recording artist, having won the 2015 Best Māori Album at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards plus four awards at the 2015 Waiata Māori Music Awards. His debut album “Tihei Mauri Ora” is a hit on Māori Radio and has spent 12+ months on Te Reo Māori Airplay chart after peaking at number 1. RANEA is a past member of the band Southside Of Bombay who had the hit single “What’s The Time Mr Wolf” which featured in the film ‘Once Were Warriors’.
  • Lab-Cross is a brand new band made-up of ex-Whitireia NZ students who live for music and play Soul, RnB and Hip Hop ‘stuff’. Uber talented and original, Lab-Cross is a group which shouldn’t be missed!
  • Conrad Noema is a Māori language singer/songwriter with smooth sounds and soulful vocals. He used to front the popular group “Maia”, and has recorded various waiata which continue to receive regular airplay on Māori Radio.


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