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Riqi Harawira - Single Review: Kia ora

15 Jan 2019 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Riqi Harawira has been performing solo for many years now, following his time as guitarist for The Dead Flowers, and it is clear he has crafted his music to perfection. Kia ora features on his second album Mauri, which is due to be released mid-January 2019 through Waatea Music.

Kia ora is a bilingual Maori and English mix which truly highlights Riqi's music style of Maori fusion with a blend of Te Reo, English Reggae and high energy Rock. There are many very talented Maori musical artists in our pool of Kiwi musicians and Riqi is no exception.

Kia ora has been considerately thought out to appeal to a wider audience, with positive bilingual lyrics accompanied by some slick high energy guitar playing which gives it an overall Rock sound. Kia ora is welcoming and educational and has a lovely vibe about it. It's a fresh, catchy and upbeat track with a groovy edge.

Kia ora has prompted me to investigate Riqi's music further. Judging from reviews on his performances, he is a unique, engaging and very talented performer. Blending Maori culture with some pretty impressive guitar playing, while also spreading a very important message of hope, Riqi will be touring the North Island during January and February 2019 to celebrate the release of Mauri.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Riqi Harawira

He’s shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business…
Anastasia, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Pearl Jam, Living Color and Faith No More just to name but a few.
He was previously the lead guitarist for New Zealand rock band Dead Flowers.
His 2006 project TRUREAL blended live music and vocals with DJing to create a funky house sound. TRUREAL’s performances in the United States received rave reviews for the innovation in their sound.

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