May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Tama Waipara & Maisey Rika to Tour Nationwide

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Tama Waipara and Maisey Rika, two of Aotearoas most distinctive and sophisticated Maori voices, are set to head out on an acoustic tour this February, playing a number of shows around the North Island, including Wellington, Auckland, Mahia, Gisborne and Kaitaia.

TahiTourCTama Waipara is a groundbreaking singer/songwriter whose vocals are sweetly soulful, possessing a distinctive intonation inspired by a wealth of legendary song stylists and balladeers like George Benson, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and Nina Simone. Well-known and respected for his collaborations with national and international musicians, Waiparas 2009 album Sir Plus & the Requirements is a beautifully crafted work that successfully straddles 50s pop and 70s soul, and which plays host to a fictional character called Sir Plus, the long lost Polynesian cousin of Sergeant Pepper.

Award-winning Maori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika has one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most impressive lead vocal styles, fused with her honest and thought-provoking messages. Her debut full-length album Tohu was releasedin October 2009to critical acclaim,following the release of her EP whichsaw her take home the Best Female Solo Artist award at the recent Waiata Maori Music Awards, following a nomination for a Maioha award in the 2009 APRA Silver Scroll song writing competition.

Together these artists promise a night of beautifully expressive songs and musicianship. The Tama Waipara & Maisey Rika “Tahi Tour” will see each of them perform an acoustic set of songs from their respective albums along with duets written especially for the tour, special guests and full band accompaniment at selected venues.

See two of New Zealands most exciting Maori voices in a town near you this February:

  • The Tama Waipara and Maisey Rika “Tahi Tour” will play:
  • Fri 5 February – Ruby Lounge, Wellington
  • Fri 12 February The Liberty Centre, Whakatane
  • Sat 13 February – The Belgian Bar, Rotorua
  • Sun 14 February Yot Club, Raglan
  • Thurs 18 February – Nero Caf, Kaitaia
  • Fri 19 February Salut Bar and Brasserie, Whangarei
  • Sat 20 February The Classic, Auckland
  • Thurs 25 February – Sunset Point Bar, Mahia
  • Fri 26 February – Soho Bar, Gisborne

Tickets for all shows on sale now from

Tickets for Raglan also available from Gag Surf Shop


More information

Booking Agent:
Grafiti Entertainment
Wairere Iti
e. [email protected]
m. 0212406487


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