December 09, 2016
Hip hop meets haka in Te Iti Kahurangi mix
Hamilton-based culture group Te Iti Kahurangi hopes it has the recipe for the next Poi E with its new combination of haka, hip hop and techno.
Composer Kingi Kiriona says its new album He Kura Kainga: A Treasured Home started off as an attempt to record some of the group’s songs and haka for new members to learn.
With funding from Te Mangai Paho and the help of a production team from the Waikato Institute of Technology, the project got more ambitious.
"The brief that we gave them is it would be cool if we could use some of the stuff to try to come up with the next Poi E where we could hear some of our songs playing in night clubs, at the gym for zumba classes, things like that, where we could once again hear haka songs play out on mainstream radio," Mr Kiriona says.
The album is a chance to get stories like Te Kooti’s steam train prophesy out to a wider audience.
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Samples: Techno Haka, Kei Whea Te Tuna? https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3vkqlDeQPRvc2hMb2RIOVRaQms/view?usp=sharing
Haka Hip-Hop, Atua Whiowhio https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3vkqlDeQPRvZjVWRElGS05lTUU/view?usp=sharing
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