Waiata Maori Music Awards Finalist

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Toni has just finished a series of stunning shows completing her tour and the Matariki season. Many thanks to #StephenACourtPhotography for this pic above from this magical evening in the WellyReCut Show and to Ropine Huata-Wagner for the pic below. Toni has spent the last month writing and composing and we thank Te Mangai Paaho for their support to 13 tracks and 8 music videos that Toni will start in November. Maori Music Month is upon us and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori celebrate 30 years and Toni received news that she is a FINALIST in this years WAIATA Maori Music Awards on Sep 15th in Hastings. Soon Toni starts rehearsals for The World of Wearable Arts opening Sep 20th to Oct 8th before travelling to Hawaii.

Very exciting, nga mihi ki a koutou katoa

Wairoa Film Festival - Mohaka & Matariki!

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Since our last newsletter we've been busy organising the final leg of the Tākitimu Karanga Tour,

Audiences have seen Toni perform at a variety of events including the IPENZ awards, and

ReCut, a dynamic project where Tory Street was transformed into a magic urban performance

stage. We are also counting down to the Wairoa Film Festival in June where Toni's music video

Mohakawill feature as the opening film and the very recent Tākitimu Karanga show where Toni 

organised a fantastic line-up of artists from both Ngāti Kahungnu and of the Tākitimu canoe

to honour our Mums on Mother's Day.

TAKITIMU KARANGA on Mother's Day & NZ Music Month 2017!

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We are very delighted that allot of you were able to attend this beautiful event celebrating

Maori music and performance with artists from Ngati Kahungnu and Takitimu canoe on a day for our mum's on Mother's Day.

The month of May is New Zealand Music month so we wish to engage with all in the spirit of togetherness, our connections, our language, our arts and love.

Through this we connect on all levels!

Great to see your mum and wider family with our wonderful hangi in the Karaka Cafe and

then the entertainment from this exceptional array of musical artists and kapahaka from

Te Haeata Awatea - Wellington College and Wellington Girls High School.

RSVP always essential to waahuu@xtra.co.nz and we look forward to the next celebration!

Mauri ora!

New Album Chart Success - Tomokia

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Wellington singer-songwriter Toni Huata is capitalising on the chart success of her dub, dance and electronica sound with an encore collection of bilingual tunes.
The 10-track ‘Tomokia’ is Huata’s fifth album but her second in the dub and electronica genre in collaboration with celebrated Piha musician and producer Paddy Free of Pitch Black fame.

INDIGENOUS DIVA: CHART SUCCESS!

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 A music makeover has paid off for an indigenous diva after her first ever chart success.

Wellington-based singer-songwriter Toni Huata launched her fourth album, ‘Hopukia’, late last month (July) – her first in the dub and electronica genre, her first bilingual collection of songs and her first in collaboration with top New Zealand musicians Paddy Free and Gareth Farr.

Kahungunu Maranga - Toni's 6th Album and home favourite!

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KAHUNGUNU MARANGA (2017 8 track CD - 2016 3 track EPToni Huata has nailed what is good in music. Sing what you know, blend it in with the right instruments and harmonies, but most importantly, when you sing from your roots your message transcends beyond what you could ever imagine”. The warmth of each song lifts any negativity from the air. The title track Kahungunu Maranga is originally credited to have been written by Huata’s grandfather. Odes to tipuna, whānau and iwi. Each song firmly holds the roots of these pillars in the jazz-country-swing styled writing. Different to other albums of Huata’s as she explores tradition in this smaller set as opposed to her often more vast creations. A light refreshing that celebrates history and reminds us of how important it is to keep tradition and culture as precious memories and never forget them. NZ Musician Magazine. Reviewed by Holly Mc George

TOMOKIA - Chart topping album for Toni Huata

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TOMOKIA (2014) Dance, Dub, World, Soul. 'Tomokia' is Toni Huata's fifth album, another chart topper and her second in the dub/electronica genre, made in collaboration with celebrated Piha musician/producer Paddy Free of Pitch Black fame. According to Paddy, Toni Huata has always been adventurous in exploring new styles and genres of music - "which is testament to her huge vocal skills in soul, R'n'B, pop, haka … you name it, she can sing it! "On the new album, she branches out into everything from dance-pop and moody, deep dub tracks through to ambient 'tone poems', strum-along ballads and feel-good reggae. If the last album was a new direction, then this one furthers that exploration along many diverse paths." 'Tomokia' represents accomplishment, completion and bravery with the concept originating from an ancestral proverb: 'E rere e te huata hopukia, e rere e te manuka tomokia'. ODE Records

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