ruia on Elsewhere by Graham Reid - browse 21 items of content tagged as 'ruia'.
About six years ago I first encountered Hamilton reggae band Katchafire playing in a pretty ropey provincial bar.
I'd met them backstage beforehand -- actually in a room full of beer barrels -- and I knew within minutes these guys could be huge.
They were genuinely nice people and had a repertoire of almost 200 songs -- mostly covers, and...
Across her previous three albums Moana Maniapoto confirmed her status as one of New Zealand's most significant voices whose sound could just as comfortably incorporate politics and culture as seduce with her flowing lyrics in te reo and her astute ear for using the traditional within a contemporary context.
This album might lack the...
I had thought the excellent Tangata label was defunct, but this beautifully packaged album suggests otherwise -- and the soulful reggae-flavoured music by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hareruia "Ruia" Abraham should ensure the label prospers on the back of this warm and engaging collection.
Ruia (who has previously...
Despite being one of the founding fathers of New Zealand electronica -- in the ambitious multi-media outfit Pitch Black with Mike Hodgson -- Paddy Free is perhaps largely unknown to a new generation of musicians.I believe he makes much of his living off-shore these days and has always struck me as preferring to be out of the spotlight if he...
This will be brief because the original 2008 album (the third by this constantly working New Zealand reggae outfit) was reviewed at Elsewhere here, but just to note this expanded package now comes with extra tracks (two album tracks remixed and two live songs, one being Collie Herbsman off their debut album Revival, the other this album's title...
The old wooden Methodist church in a
side street in Patea isn’t used much anymore. A lot of places in
Patea aren't. It's a town battered by the economic ideas of
successive governments and people have had to move out.
The work just isn’t there anymore.
But at least once a week the cobwebs in
the church rafters shake when...
Maaka McGregor has had a good day. In
Auckland for a week from his home in Titahi Bay and talking up the
Wai 100% album he has recorded with his partner Wai (aka Mina) Ripia,
he's just come from Mai FM.
His pitch met with a positive, if
unpublishably enthusiastic, response from programme director Manu
Taylor. A good day.
What set Trinity Roots (1998-2005) apart for me was their musical subtlety, the nuanced way they moved from what we might call roots folk and reggae through elements of waiata, jazz and pop to create something which was at times indefinably about this country right now, yet also possessed a timelessness, as if it could have been written and sung...
It's a fair if not entirely original
observation that the late Dalvanius Prime made an immediate
impression. I'll never forget the day we shook hands in Patea. The
big man was, typically, wearing his body-hugging pink tracksuit.
Back at his modest, almost alarmingly
small home he showed me his memorabilia and treasures, and was...
When the debut album, 100%, by Maaka McGregor and Mina Ripia (aka Wai) was released in 2000 (see here) it was hailed as a ground-breaking event for its deft blend of te reo (Maori language) and electronica.
Yet in many ways the musical landscape had been laid by the likes of Dalvanius with Patea Maori, and then Moana who had also sung in te...
Dean Hapeta was the mainman in the Upper Hutt
Posse (which also included singer-songwriter Emma Paki), the group which recorded the first New Zealand rap
single E Tu in 1988. It was a powerful (if thin-sounding) statement of Maori anger and unashamedly used te reo (the Maori language) to strident effect. See lyrics below.
Hapeta - as Te...
For quite a while it seemed that the seminal Aotearoa/New Zealand hip-hop outfit Upper Hutt Posse might have been reduced down to Dean Hapeta, who was actually appearing under the name Te Kupu (aka The Word).
But here, on an album which kicks along on the back of staccato, minimalist dubstep beats and huge reggae style bass, the Posse are...
There was good news for Flight of
the Conchords fans this week: Jemaine Clement confirmed, yet
again, there wouldn't be another series.
Strange as that sounds, some things are
so perfectly formed they are best left alone: Fawlty Towers
and the English version of The Office . . . or the
never-ending Lost and drearily drawn out V?...
The Eru Dangerspiel rock'n'rolling caravan of soul, funk, reggae and more is helmed by Riki Gooch, formerly of TrinityRoots and here, recorded live at the Auckland Town Hall in August '09, the whole huge ensemble invited you to "leave your shit at the door" and get down with their good time grooves.
With an extraordinary line-up of...
The title song/opener here is
appropriate: for most of the past decade this hard-working band have
been playing everywhere from small town bars and main centres around
New Zealand to “London, Scotland, Ireland, Hawaii, Vegas, Cali, LA
. . .” and more, which they tick off on the promise of “Fire
layin' it down” in...
Following the successful projects setting the poems of New Zealand writers James K Baxter and Hone Tuwhare to music comes this, the words of writer Witi Ihimaera getting musical adaptation by the likes of Warren Maxwell (of Trinity Roots), LA Mitchell, King Kapisi, Teremoana Rapley, Charlotte Yates (prime mover behind these projects) and others....
If it's true, as I am told, this album went to number one on the New Zealand charts it confirms two things: in this part of the Pacific we love them familiar summertime reggae grooves; and also that we have an indiscriminate love of them familar summertime reggae grooves to the point of ignoring the obvious.
The obvious here is that House of...
It seems a shame the reggae-driven grooves are pushed right to the front end of this otherwise interesting album because that sound has become, as previously noted at Elsewhere, such a default position for so many New Zealand artists.
Miss Black (Ngapata Black, daughter of the great Whirimako Black) finds a real point of diference when...
Black's two previous te reo album - Tangihanu (2004) and Te Kura Huna (2005) - were compellingly beautiful and weaved between soul balladry and slightly esoteric jazz, but never lost sight of the spirituality which drove them.
Black's voice is a thing of great sensitivity, and those albums should have made her a household name....
Ngahiwi Apanui, formerly of the seminal
reggae band Aotearoa, was in the vanguard of the use of taonga puoro
(traditional instruments) with his autobiographical solo album Te
hono ke te Kainga/The Link with the Homeland in '89 which also
brought in reggae and folk.
A staunch advocate of te reo and cultural
pride, he opens this album with...
In time to come the late Hirini Melbourne, who died in 2003, will get national recognition for what he did in reviving and revitalising interest in traditional Maori instruments, and -- with Richard Nunns -- making them come alive again in contemporary recordings.
In one way this album -- remixes of the Melbourne/Nunns '93 album Te Ku Te Whe...
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