Looking for Some Music to Celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori?

July 24th 2012
How about an album reworking the Maori language masterpieces of the late Dr Hirini Sidney Melbourne featuring Tama Waipara, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall and Warren Maxwell?

‘He Rangi Paihuarere’ comprises collaborative interpretations – by established and emerging Māori musicians – of melodies composed by the renowned songwriter, music educator and author.  Credited with the revival of taonga pūoro, or traditional Māori musical instruments, Dr Melbourne encouraged tuākana-tēina (older-younger) mentoring in the industry.

This 2011 album on Ode Records revives Dr Melbourne’s melodies in a range of genre – from classical opera to electronic dub, from acoustic soul to rap – with an impressive line up of artists:

Tama Waipara, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Katera Maihi, Maitreya (Jamie Greenslade), Kawiti Waetford, Soul Sister Aotearoa (Mel Davis), Majik Paora, Anna Coddington, Te Awanui Reeder (Nesian Mystik), Warren Maxwell and Teremoana Rapley.

This is not the first re-imagining of the work of Dr Melbourne's work either – for something with a bit more bass and wobble, check out 'Te Whaiao' from 2007, featuring the work of Epsilon Blue, Victoria Kelly, Warren Maxwell, Lee Prebble, Farmer Pimp, The Nomad, Unitone Hi Fi, Pitch Black, Sola Rosa, Rhian Sheehan, Salmonella Dub, SJD and Chris Macro.

'Te Whaioa' is a remix of Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunn's 1994 release 'Te Ku Te Whe' – literally meaning "The Woven Mat of Sound".  This album widely regarded as the definitive album of taonga puoro and went on to go gold in New Zealand in 2002.

 

Hirini Melbourne at SOUNZ.org.nz

'Te Hekenga-a-rangi' - Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns on YouTube

Hirini Melbourne on Wikipedia

 

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