December 02, 2012
Aotearoa Māori Choir meets The Yoots
A surprise hit version of old style Māori songs has led to the revival of Māori musical institution.
After a 10-year-break, the Aotearoa Māori Choir is being put back together so it can perform with The Yoots at Womad in New Plymouth in March.
Musical Director Rim D Paul says he was asked by Toi Māori Aotearoa to put the choir together for the World of Music, Arts and Dance festival, he agreed on condition it would get ongoing support for other events.
The core of the choir is being drawn from the central North Island, but there are likely to be members from as far away as Tai Tokerau and Te Waipounamu, so all waka are represented.
He’s expecting to get about 120 members, which will be whittled down to 80 for the performing group.
The Rotorua members will perform at St Faith's Church in Rotorua, next Saturday, along with Dame Malvina Major and the Howard Morrison Trio.
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