Metro-Maori crew return

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 11:13 17/01/2013
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Set to return: JGeeks founding member Jermaine Leef during the Spring Break in the Nua concert in Levin last month.

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The JGeeks return to Horowhenua this Thursday on their nationwide Tu Meke Tour.

The metro-Maori electro-pop group which rose to fame on TVNZ's New Zealand's Got Talent last year bring their new 90 minute-plus show to the Horowhenua Events Centre in Levin.

The six-week tour includes 32 towns and cities and the show includes the group's hits 'Maori Boy', 'Icky Sticky' and their latest release 'The Best Day I Ever Had'.

However, despite Paraparaumu being group founder Jermain Leef's hometown, Kapiti is not on the schedule, with Porirua on Wednesday the next closest show.

Leef said to keep a lid on the cost of the tour they have to space out the venues somewhat, but the group is delighted Levin is on the schedule.

They performed in the town just seven weeks ago at the Spring Break in the Nua concert to celebrate the opening of Te Takere's youth space.

Afterwards, Leef told the Horowhenua Mail it would remain "one of the most memorable performances" for the group.

Leef said to perform in front of 2000 people outside in a town centre had been a totally new experience for them.

"It was so real and raw and the crowd was absolutely loving. We were so happy to be there," he said.

Formed in 2010 the JGeeks incorporate music, dance and comedy with a mix of mainstream pop and traditional Maori culture with a touch of "craziness". Leef said the new show expands on their New Zealand's Got Talent performances, with new acts and more audience interaction and participation.

"After NZ's Got Talent, this tour is the next big step, going around the country and showing people what we can do, before we head out to the world. It's really exciting."

The show is from 6pm to 8pm and tickets are $16 for sales online and $20 at the door. Under-fives free.

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- Horowhenua Mail

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