Whirimako, of Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Ranginui, Kahungunu, Te Whakatohea, Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Te Arawa, and Ngati Awa descent, has performed throughout the country over the past decade, studied towards a Certificate of Musicianship Theory from the Sydney School of Music in Australia and taught music composition at numerous workshops. Her musical achievements include composing and singing the titles for the acclaimed TVNZ series, 'The New Zealand Wars', as well as composing with Hori Tait the initial title music for the Maori news programme, Te Karere. In 1991, she formed the female Maori band Tuahine Whakairo but left in 1993, to start a solo career. "Throughout the last five years I have enjoyed composing music that has relevance for today, plus reviving and modernising traditional waiata (songs) which stems from my early involvement with the cultural arts of the Tuhoe tribe of Aotearoa. I aspire to see the fruition of my waiata being accessed on the international market, bringing a heightened awareness to the status of Maori, and the Maori language worldwide, to fulfill the dreams of my ancestors."
Her debut album, ‘Hinepukohurangi: Shrouded in the Mist’, despite being independently released, won BEST MAORI LANGUAGE ALBUM at the 2001 NZ MUSIC AWARDS and is now approaching gold sales status.
Soul Sessions debuted in the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums on 11 September 2006. It has been in the Top 40 Albums for four weeks with a highest position of #27. There are two albums by Whirimako Black in the Top 40 Albums.
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Chart placings by Whirimako Black: