Promoting te reo through music

SADIE BECKMAN
Last updated 13:12 15/03/2012
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Language first: Three Maori performers on the bill for next week's Te Reo on the Coast in Raumati, from left, Matiu Te Huki, Dean "Te Kupu" Hapeta and Te Manu Elkington, of Otaki band Pono.

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A free concert and CD release in Raumati this Saturday will fan the flames of Maori cultural renaissance, say organisers.

Moa Music's Paul Bognuda says the gig, outside the Waterfront Bar at Raumati Beach, will feature performances in te reo Maori from several artists, with a focus on increasing Maori language use and appreciation.

Vocalist and gig organiser Dean "Te Kupu" Hapeta, of hip-hop- fusion group Upper Hutt Posse, will perform a new single, Ranga Wairua, a te reo version of Inspiration from their last album.

Also on the bill are Pono, musical newcomers from Otaki, releasing two singles titled He Pono O Korero and Kei Warewaretia Au.

Raumati South's Matiu "The Hook" Te Huki, known for work with local bands such as Homefire Burning and My Golden Soul, will release a five-track EP called Manawa.

A local school kapa haka group will also perform.

The CDs were funded by Maori broadcasting agency Te Mangai Paho as part of a drive to promote Maori language use and cultural awareness.

Hapeta said the funding was available to any musicians using te reo in their music, and urged people to apply.

"They don't have to be Maori," he said.

The Curbside Cabaret Stage, run by Moa Music, usually operated a blackboard system, he said, where anyone could come and put their name down to perform at the show. For this gig, organisers are inviting anyone with a performance in te reo.

The family-friendly show will be held on the grass area outside the Waterfront Bar at Raumati Beach - inside if wet.

- Saturday, March 24, 2pm till 6pm, beside the Waterfront Bar, Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach, free.

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