June 13, 2014
Toni Huata planting the seed for Matariki
Ngatai Huata planting the seed for Matariki
It’s Matariki, the time to start thinking about what to plant in the new year, and singer-songwriter Toni Huata has some seeds she wants to plant.
Her new bilingual album Tomokia was launched last week at an event at the Wharewaka Te Raukura on Wellington’s waterfront.
It’s a collaboration with Paddy Free that incorporates dance-pop and moody, deep dub tracks through to ambient tone poems, strum-along ballads and feel-good reggae.
Now she’s playing out around the country, and tonight is at Te Aute College in the Hawkes Bay where she hopes her music and message will find receptive ears.
"It’s always my hope that if you can plant a seed in one young person, they you have been successful, even if it is one young person out of thousands. If we can inspire any young person or any person wishing to extend themselves within this art field, that’s always a great thing," Huata says.
Tomokia is available in stores, as a digital download, or through Tonihuata.com.
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