• When: 11th Apr 11:45am
  • Where: Tangata Whenua Stage
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Tangata Whenua Stage // 11:45 – 12:15pm

WAI are a Porirua based Māori electronica roots band that perform entirely in Te Reo Māori with the poi at the forefront, creating the rhythmic skeleton which in turn is cloaked in electronica. At the core of the WAI family are Mina and Maaka Phat joined by their 12 year old son Uta Te Whanga.

Internationally, WAI are recognised as pioneers for their creation and presentation of Māori electronica music. As they travelled the world they also created a minimalist but very powerful acoustic set. WAI strive to create new and innovative Māori language music that sounds like where it originates from and then take it to the world.

WAI are inspired by ‘KUPE’ to look beyond the horizon, to discover new musical worlds and create opportunity. WAI would present a Māori language music performance that is inspired by traditional Māori song form and structure that is fused western synths, sounds and instruments. WAI have created a unique contemporary style of music based on traditional rhythm’s and melodies and fused contemporary sounds and technology with the Māori music tradition. WAI have met the challenge to fuse elements of two music traditions (Māori and western) without compromising either and in the process created a ground breaking and innovative fusion of the two. Totally unlike anything heard before, anywhere in the world, WAI is a breathtaking and inspirational expression of original Māori Waiata (music) performed in Te Reo Māori (language). WAI is refreshing music, flowing with emotion, rich with soulful melodies, beating with complex rhythms.