They are now bringing together a series of talented performers for He Toa Takitini during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, a free event with one showcase concert every day.
This exciting showcase is part of Te Hui Ahurei Reo Māori o Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the Māori Language Festival of Wellington, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Māori language petition delivered to Parliament in September 1972 with te reo Māori focused arts and events. This festival is from Wellington City Council, in collaboration with Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa.
The kaupapa of this showcase series is to support and celebrate Māori language music, says Mina.
“Māori language music should excel in beautiful art galleries and creative spaces, and not bars and pubs. To live as a full-time musician performing original music entirely in the Māori language with respect and integrity is the greatest thing to be doing.”
To get a glimpse of some of the amazing music that will be in the showcase, here is a song from the Māori Hip Hop group IWI, which will be opening the showcase on Rāhina 12 September. This band has been around for over 20 years, and their mission is to contribute towards the survival of the Māori language and custom through waiata.
Listen to Mai i Maketū (3MB MP3)
Find out more about Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week on our website or check out the programme for Te Hui Ahurei Reo Māori o Te Whanganui-A-Tara on the Te Reo Fest website.