The Latest From Moana...
NEWS FLASH (6 Aug)
Currently editing new video for "Fire in Paradise" - waiting for guest vocalist Skarra Mucci to film his bits on the beaches of Barcelona (some people get all the luck!) And preparing to release "Huakirangi" - my new most favourite song. With a karakia written by Scotty Morrison, Paddy Free and I had the most awesome time putting this baby together. It's got a wonderful tension in the music and lyrics and then the sun just bursts right on through as the lyric talks about the sun farewelling the night. So gorgeous.
New Video (8 Jul)
We had a fun time laat week filming a hot new video on a cold, windy, west coast beach. Loads of laughs. Hard to concentrate when some of the video performers were struggling to get their truck up off the dunes! Looking forward to director Kimiora Jackson editing. Incredible dance moves from the stunning Kaea Pearce, riveting!
New Single (16 May)
Happy to announce our new single FIRE IN PARADISE is available now through iTunes as a pre-order. A remake of Timor, this song features the caramel-flavoured vocals of Jamaican dancehall king Skarra Mucci. The song will be launched on May 27. Pre-order on iTunes.
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.
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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