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The Pūatatangi Committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa is thrilled to announce Pao Pao Pao and musical Māori showcase, now in its 17th year, will be held on Saturday 17th February, 2018 at Pipitea Marae in Wellington and is designed to celebrate the diversity of Māori music forms.
Internationally acclaimed, Maioha Award winners, Māori thrash metal band ALIEN WEAPONRY are joining the Pao Pao Pao line-up, along with a host of newly-announced acts confirmed to perform at the 17th installment of the annual Māori musical showcase on Saturday 17th February, 2018 at Pipitea Marae in Wellington.
Joining Whangarei-based ALIEN WEAPONRY in today’s second line-up announcement are:
- RnB Soul singer-songwriter and Waiata Māori Award winner KIRSTEN TE RITO with support from pianist JAMES ILLINGWORTH and her band
- golden-voiced soul singer MARA TK, performing alongside acclaimed songwriter and pianist MARK VANILAU
- up-and-coming teen choreographer and dance sensation NGARETA TEIRA-TUILOMA showcasing dance/haka
- plus, Kapa Haka performance with Te Haeata Awatea from Wellington College and Wellington Girls College
Acts already announced to perform Pao Pao Pao 2018 include: acclaimed Haka-soul Musician ROB RUHA, supported by THE WITCH DOCTOR; solo a cappella songstress and queen of loops, MIHIRANGI; Wellington-based soul, RnB and roots band GROVE ROOTS, featuring the powerful vocals of SIANNE; Māori Gospel-Soul artist KAATERAMA, winner of the Emerging Artist Under 25 Award at the 10th annual Waiata Māori Music Awards in 2017; plus, celebrated slam poet TE KAHU ROLLESTON will perform his works in both English and Te Reo Māori.
Producer Toni Huata said: “Pao Pao Pao’s kaupapa is about celebrating the diversity of Māori music forms and today’s announcement guarantees that this year’s event will do exactly that.”
The event, hosted by the Pūatatangi Committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa, is supported with funding from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission and Creative New Zealand. Pao Pao Pao 2018 promises to deliver a night of inspirational entertainment and is suitable for all ages.
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