Matariki Waiata by Singer-Songwriter Maaka Fiso

June 1st 2016

The stars are about to align, signaling the start of the Māori New Year and also the release of Auckland-based singer, songwriter Maaka Fiso's latest single.

Matariki is the name of the song, written in Te Reo Māori, "It's really an expressive piece of writing celebrating and acknowledging the seven stars of Matariki," Maaka says, describing the new single.

"It encourages us to embrace the stars of Matariki and take part in the coming of the Māori New Year. It's a time of kaitahi [sharing a meal] and spending time with your family."

Maaka is originally from Wellington where he studied at the Whitireia Music School.

He was a finalist in the 2013 X-Factor show and spent the following year touring New Zealand with artists such as Stan Walker, Aaradhna and our Mentor Tyna Keelan.

He moved from Wellington, where he had been teaching at kohanga reo, in Auckland, to focus on recording original music under the Waatea Music label.

Waatea Music was formed to produce and support traditional and contemporary Māori music and artists performing in both Te Reo Maori and English.

It is a collaboration between South Auckland's Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA), which will provide management and mentoring services to artists, and broadcast knowledge and support through its radio station, Radio Waatea; and Woodcut Productions, a production studio that has nurtured and developed artistic talent such as Sid Diamond and Smashproof in New Zealand for more than 15 years.

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