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Waiata Anthems Week celebrates te reo Māori

Waiata Anthems Week celebrates te reo Māori

Posted September 15, 2021
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Waiata Anthems Week adds emphasis to Maori language week/Te Wiki of te Reo Māori with the release of a number of new recordings in te reo Māori.

An industry-wide initiative, Waiata Anthems Week is a celebration of the best new waiata and a chance to honour the champions and pioneers of te reo Māori who paved the way for future generations, supporting the emergence of a truly bilingual musical landscape.

On Friday 3rd September, more than a dozen new recordings of songs from some of the most celebrated musicians of Aotearoa – both established and emerging were released.

Altogether 30 artists have joined forces with Waiata/Anthems to release a number of new singles in te reo Māori.

Waiata Anthems Week builds on the momentum of the hugely successful 2019 compilation album which saw successful pop songs by artists like Six60, Benee and Stan Walker re-recorded in te reo Māori and skyrocketed to the top of the Official New Zealand Album Chart.

The creator of Waiata/Anthems Dame Hinewehi Mohi says Waiata Anthems Week is the ongoing celebration of our nation’s heritage language, using the accessibility and power of popular music to increase the reach of our unique cultural identity to all of Aotearoa.

“From waiata that broke new ground such as ‘E Ipo’ by Prince Tui Teka and ‘Poi E’ by Pātea Māori Club to waiata stalwarts like Moana Maniapoto, Rob Ruha, Maisey Rika and Maimoa, we must never forget the songs that have moved us and the voices that championed for change.”

Check out the happy magic of Ka Hao featuring Rob Ruha - 35 celebrating their lifestyle, whanau and te reo.

Ka Hao are a group of rangatahi from Te Tairāwhiti whānui, combining their creative powers to push light into their lives and the lives of their communities through music. Their new album ‘Ka Hao: One Tira, One Voice’ will be released this Friday 17th September.