February 13, 2015
Quality voice for kapa haka silenced
Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre founder Tama Huata is being remembered as someone who championed musical quality in kapa haka.
Mr Huata from Ngati Kahungunu died on Wednesday and is lying in state at Mihiroa Marae in Pakipaki until Sunday.
Ngahiwi Apanui, who worked closely with Mr Huata on Te Matatini and other projects, says he was concerned at the failure by many kapa haka to train their performers to sing.
Ngahiwi Apanui says one of Tama Huata’s triumphs was the creation of the kappa haka kaumatua performances at Te Papa in Wellington, which gives audiences the chance to enjoy some of the sweet singing of older eras.
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