Maori activist Tame Iti is featured in a CD release of original songs produced by Mike Weston (The Area) and accompanied by an exhibition of 88 new paintings by Ngati Pakeha (Otis Frizzell, Mike Weston).
The music ranges from relaxed electronica mixed with Maori instruments to harder-driving electro layered with Maori chants. The opening song 'Whenua', raises the topic of New Zealand land rights amidst a backdrop of native NZ bird sounds, Maori flute and conch. 'Aotearoa Not For Sale' is a downtempo postulation of Captain James Cook as a newly arrived alien looking to invest in NZ real estate. 'Kiwi' is an uptempo meditation on NZ race relations that asks, 'Why You Fellas Calling Yourself A Kiwi?' The breakbeat influenced 'The Real Terrorists?' questions governments' roles in atrocities committed against indigenous peoples.
Original compositions were contributed by Tom Ludvigson (Alloy/Trip/Pagan Records/KOG Transmissions/MAINZ), The RFG (KFM Radio) and Mike Weston. Samples were contributed by Matt Turner (Data:Bass).
Tame Iti (vocals)
Mike Weston (producer, bass, synths)
Tom Ludvigson (synths, beats)
The RFG (beats)
Jeff Root (executive producer)
Lisa Salmon (executive producer)
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