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Mara TK


The son of Maori psychedelic rock legend Billy TK – Mara TK, a golden voiced, Maori-Scottish world-wandering citizen of Aotearoa (New Zealand) – has, through his work alongside acclaimed Kiwi future soul trio Electric Wire Hustle (winner of the best electronic act at the 2015 New Zealand Music Awards), and a bevy of globally towering musical talents, in the last few years proven himself to be a singular force for modern music.

Fluent in voice, guitar, bass and beat machines, outside of his aforementioned band, Mara TK has been blessed to both work in the studio with and perform next to Eru Dangerpsiel, Wild Bill Ricketts, Ommas Keith, Muhsinah, Jake One, Julien Dyne and others, in the process forging an artistically idiosyncratic (and highly in-demand) reputation within the worlds of future soul and modern beats.

Mara is also a New Zealand Maori multi-disciplinary artist who uses his compelling voice, programmed beats, video media and choreography to express a deeply felt and unique vision and sonics. He has held solo performances at major national institutions such as, the Museum of New Zealand and City Gallery Wellington; and at events in Europe and America such as Glastonbury Festival and SXSW in Austin, Texas.

He is also developing and exciting new cross-artform work titled Poropiti: Prophet for 2016, expanding his creative horizons and pushing the boundaries of Maori urban art.

TK doesn’t see himself as a messenger of portents; “on my last record Love Can Prevail I was trying to distil the lyrics into key statements relevant to societal pressures, but with this new work Aeons I’m hoping to be the musical equivalent of David Lynch; to take the listener on a wild ride through new imagined worlds.”

Outside of his psychedelic-soul band Electric Wire Hustle, Mara TK has recorded and performed with Kimbra, Mos Def, Just Blaze, Fly My Pretties and Tim Finn among others, and in the process forged an idiosyncratic style within the worlds of soul music, modern beats and inter-disciplinary art.




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