TUi MAMAKi

  • When: 7th Mar
  • Where: Songs From The Old Country Stage
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Original compositions inspired by TUi MAMAKi’s love affair with Bulgaria. A tapestry of delicate electric guitar, driven by hypnotic odd-meter rhythms, carrying an evocative voice. This Neo-Folk Fusion, spliced with traditional song, brings us stories of love, harvest, death & transcendence. 

TUi MAMAKi is a vocal explorer, performer and composer, born in France, raised in Aotearoa/NZ and often found in Bulgaria. She can thank her musically adventurous troubadour family for giving her a taste for sounds from far-away places. In following her voice, she has travelled to Pay Basque, India and the Balkans to study traditional vocal techniques and repertoire. After years co-leading The Mamaku Project, she released her debut solo album FLY in 2018 and continues to tour both traditional and original repertoires, lately enriched by her journey as a mother.

About FLY

TUi MAMAKi (formally of Mamaku Project) disappeared to Bulgaria in 2014… where’s Bulgaria!? It is in her childhood record collection, in her impossible dreams, as far east in Europe as you can go, and now, deeply woven into her voice and work, as she trained for 3 years in that mysterious Bulgarian folklore (especially apparent in her trio Acapollinations). FLY however, is a distill. Tui wanted to hear from a new silence – what music would come through if she listened, post “Bulgaria”? What aspects of the fascinating forms she had studied there had been digested, and how would these come through into original composition? 

Holed up in a soviet style block, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, through the heat of 2016 summer, armed with a Little Martin acoustic guitar and an addiction to picking newfound rhythms, a collection of new songs emerged, were recorded in the South of France that autumn, and brought back to NZ in 2018.

A further EP recorded with Conrad Wedde (Pheonix Foundation) is soon ready, while a fresh collection inspired by motherhood, is alive on stages as “The Moon and The Machine”.

"Hypnotic, intoxicating, beguiling… a balm of sorts, the right tonic."

Simon Sweetman, Off The Tracks

"Deeply evocative & contemplative, with ancestral voices calling from just beyond the veil..."

Jacquie Walters, music.net.nz