July 27, 2016
Kapa influencing unique Maori sound
Some of the top performers in Maori music are taking to the road to meet and mentor the next wave of talent.
Rob Ruha, Tama Waipara, Maisey Rika and Taisha Tari are making August Maori Music Month – Te Marama Puoro Waiata Maori.
They will be holding workshops in Wellington, Waikato, Auckland and across the Tasman on the Gold Coast touching on taonga puoro, song writing and composition, and vocal training.
There will also tips from top Maori DJs on manipulating sounds and using turntables to creating music.
Ruha says his own music draws on his kapa haka experience, and he expects to see that influence around the motu.
"More and more are experimenting with different sounds in kapa haka and then transferring them into their own compositions, so I think in future you are going to have a lot more innovation in the Maori sound that is kind a uniquely a new generation Maori sound," he says.
Some of those who take part in the Maori Music Month workshops will be asked to appear as guest artists at this year's Waiata Maori Music Awards, to be held in Hastings in September.
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