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Waiata / Anthems

Model: 0805459

SKU: 369395 Product ID: 263265

Format ‐ CD

Genre ‐ Popular

Release Date ‐ 06/09/19


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    WAIATA / ANTHEMS is released to celebrate Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 (Sep 9-13) and to coincide with the 20-year anniversary of Hinewehi Mohi first performing the New Zealand National Anthem in Te Reo Māori at an All Blacks game.

    In 1999, singer and songwriter Hinewehi Mohi stood in front of 70,000 people at a sold-out Rugby World Cup quarter final in Twickenham and sang the words: “E Ihowā Atua…” All she had wanted to do when she chose to sing the national anthem in Te Reo Māori instead of English was share her language with the world.

    Back home in New Zealand, the feedback was overwhelmingly negative and Mohi was forced to defend herself, and Te Reo Māori, in the media. This proved to be a turning point, sparking a national conversation about our cultural identity and the first language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Today, New Zealanders all over the country proudly sing the national anthem in both English and Te Reo Māori.

    20 years on, she has decided to mark that anniversary not by remembering the controversy, but by celebrating how far we’ve come.

    The result – 11 of New Zealand’s best loved artists performing their hit songs in Te Reo Māori, as well as an acknowledgement of ‘Aotearoa’ with a vibrant rendition by the renowned Hātea Kapa Haka.


    Track Listing

    Hātea Kapa Haka - Aotearoa / God Defend New Zealand

    Six60 - Kia Mau Ki tō Ūkaipō / Don't Forget Your Roots

    Stan Walker - Tēnā Rā Koe / Thank You

    BENEE - Kua Kore He Kupu  / Soaked
    Drax Project - I Moeroa / Woke Up Late

    Shapeshifter - Ngā Kano / In Colour

    Kings - Kei Aro Atu Koe / Don’t Worry Bout' It

    Tiki Taane - Kei Tōku Ngākau Nei Koe / Always On My Mind
    Sons of Zion - Pōtere Ana / Drift Away
    Bic Runga - Haere Mai Rā / Sway
    TEEKS - E Kore E Wehe / Never Be Apart
    Tami Neilson - Roimata / Cry Myself To Sleep



    Primary Format - Music - CD


    Label - Universal

    Music Genre - Popular

    Music Genre Primary - Pop & Rock

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