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NZ Music Month (25 Apr)
Yes, thats only a week away and I'm very excited to announce that we will be releasing a new single that will be guaranteed to get your body swaying, even if you are heading towards a NZ winter! More news coming shortly.
Film Stars (4 Apr)
There's been the odd bit of drama associated with our band - well, with one bandmember. Eds Eramiha stars in "Mahana", the latest Lee Tamahori feature film. Eds is one of our warriors and moonlights (by day) as a personal trainer. So watch out for him. And my son Kimiora (Hiku) Jackson had his name in the credits for "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" (Taika Waititi's latest feature), which is a damn feel-good, funny film. Kimioras music video for me "Not Alone" made the semi-finals of the International Songwriting Contest. Speaking of film, Jorma Lehtola, is staying with us - here in NZ representing the Skabmogavat Film Festival in Finland, which we went to in 2005. It was in the Arctic and our first opportunity to meet with Sami - we've never been the same since!
Japan (10 Feb)
Fresh back from Japan where I spoke in Tokyo, Osaka, Yamagata to audiences of unionists, farmers, small companies, educationalists and journalists about Måori opposition to the TPPA. At each gathering, Whole Worlds Watching was played. It was a wonderful experience, a learning one for me. I loved the culture, food and people. Hoping to take the band back one day. A big thank you to all the organisers who spoilt me and the other two guests from Korea and Malaysia. Arigato.
BUY OUR CDS (10 Jan)
If you would like to buy RIMA, our most recent album (which we performed at Woodford Festival), please visit iTunes! Easy peasy.
Woodford Folk Festival (4 Jan)
We have just wrapped on five performances (and a panel session) at the famous Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane. I have to say it has the best vibe of any festival we've played at. It wasn't just the music which was brilliant. It wasn't only the street theatre, which took everything I've seen elsewhere to a whole other level. It was the genuine warm vibe of the event. Great audiences and lovely organisers. Thanks Australia. Big shout out to Paul Watson for his efforts as our representative. Can't wait to be invited back!
IronMaori (7 Dec)
I reckon being healthy is just got to be better for you as a musician. This weekend, I joined 2000 others in the half-ironman race IRONMAORI and am proud to say, I achieved my goal as the runner for the half marathon. Our team came 43rd out of 329 teams - and it was a stinking hot day. Next year, I'm rounding up some of our top musicians to sign up. Am also eyeing up some other halfs to do in the lead up. Watch this space. PS A great playlist is an absolute must when you are running 21k.
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Rima26 Sep 2014
Whole World's Watching14 Aug 2014
Upokohue13 Sep 2015
- RIMA, finalist APRA Maioha Awards, NZ Music Awards, Waiata Music Wards
- Album Release 'RIMA'
Performed, Boomerang Project, WomadNZ, Sydney Opera House, Hebcelt/Glasgow Commonwealth Games
- Album Release 'The Best of.'
Performed, Message Sticks, Sydney Opera House
- Album Release 'Acoustic'
Performed, Shanghai World Expo
- Performed, Venice Biennale
- Album Release: 'Wha'
Recipient, Music Industry Award
- Recipient, Arts Foundation Laureate Award
- Recipient, Te Tohu Mahi Hou a Te Waka Toi (CNZ)
Recipient (Lifetime), Toi Iho Award
- Appointed, Member of NZ Order of Merit, Queens Birthday Honours.
DVD Release: 'Live'
- Winner Grand Jury Prize, International Song Contest
Represented NZ at Greece Cultural Olympiad
DVD Release: 'Live & Proud'
Album Toru reaches 17 on World Music Charts