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Māori music celebration a good end to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Sep 25th, 2018 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Amba Holly sang at Moon bar in Newtown for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori ended on a musical note with Māori singer Amba Holly at a Newtown’s Moon Bar.

With just an acoustic guitar beside her, she sang a mix
of her original songs and covers.

“We’ve only played once before, which was last night.
So it really is just a jam tonight,” says the musician from Waikato Tainui.

This included singing a te reo Maori cover of Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over, as well as incorporating the Māori national anthem with one of her songs.

Holly last year won the Radio Airplay Song of the Year
by a Māori Artist in Te Reo Māori Award with her song Mau Tonu, and Best Female Artist in the Waiata Māori Music Awards.

She enjoys writing in both te reo and English, using both languages in her music.

“I’ve probably written more in te reo, but it’s around the same at the moment.”

However, she feels a deeper connection to writing in Māori.

“In English the words are what they are, whereas in Maoridom when you write there can be more meanings to it.”

The night also included Māori rapper Te Kupu, who is the founding member of the Aotearoa hip hop group, Upper Hutt Posse.

The Saturday event was to celebrate Māori musicians in New Zealand for Māori Language Week.

For Māori Language Week Holly was featured by UNICEF and Stuff in a profile.

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