Moana Maniapoto


Maori musical elements and contemporary western grooves. In the 1990s, Moana & the Moahunters stamped their mark across the NZ music scene, releasing 2 CDs and taking their music to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (USA), Cultural Olympiad and Womadelaide (Australia). In 2002, she formed Moana & the Tribe, and took her music to Europe on the back of the CD Toru. In 2003, Moana & the Tribe launched the NZ feature film The Whale Rider into Germany. They were also the first N.Z band to release a Music DVD into Germany, Live & Proud. Through their recordings and live performances, the band has quickly cemented its reputation as one of the most successful indigenous groups to emerge from Aotearoa. Moana’s lyrics reflect the Maori spiritual, cultural and political reality. Yet they contain universal values.


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