- When: 4th Mar 11:00am
- Where: North Riddiford St
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‘Kia kitea te reo, Kia rongohia te reo, kia korerohia te reo, kia Maori te reo’
This korero has set the foundation and kaupapa for Grove Roots founder Noel Woods. “Its more than a band, we’re a production unit, a waka, a culture and way of life, a platform and network for our reo and kaupapa Maori.”
Noel Rawiri Woods (Te Atiawa/Ngati Porou) is a Wellington based songwriter, MC/DJ, performer, multi instrumentalist, music and event producer. He is also a radio host and production engineer on Wellingtons iwi station Atiawa Toa FM.
From the studio to live performance, from big bands to acoustic. Te reo Maori has always been the focus when ‘Grove’ (Later become Grove Roots) performed and debuted at the Parihaka International Peace Festival 2006.
From the showcasing of artists, and production of events to opening festivals like Cuba Dupa, Te Ra o te Raukura and Newtown Festival and providing entertainment for the Rugby League World Cup, each time mashing it up with some of Wellingtons finest artists and musicians.
Using an array of vocalist for the album has created a great mix of songs from reggae to hip hop, RnB and Soul, Funk, Batucada Latino feels and acoustic sessions.
The first two Grove Roots singles Tau Hou Maori and Te Kura both reached number one on the official Maori music charts. 2017 also seen the band nominated for five awards at the Waiata Maori Music Awards.
2018 will see the release of more waiata Maori from the Grove Roots waka with a full length album set for release in June.