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Whaea Styles

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Whaea Styles is a New Zealand reggae artist. She grew up in Whangaparaoa and her iwi is Ngati Tuwharetoa. Born a descendent of the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Starting piano at six years old she would also sing her own songs during long drives with the family. She fell in love with electronica after discovering her Nana's Casio and after buying a Yamaha keyboard she started playing with bands in Hamilton, upgrading to an Alesis after joining the reggae band Boil Up, providing keys and back up vocals.

Whaea Styles studied Music at both Waikato and Victoria Universities gaining an Honors degree in Electronica, Composition & Film. During these years she won the Lilburn Trust Student Composition Award with her electroacoustic composition Mourning, later renamed The Innocent. She also got together with some friends and formed Spiralyrics which aimed to promote wahine songwriters by creating the CD compilation Wonder & hosting a performance night.

Later she toured and recorded with reggae bands Cornerstone Roots and Lost Tribe Aotearoa. Some of the highlights whilst in these bands included performing at the reggae festival in Noumea, New Caledonia where she met Burning Spears and Toots & the Maytals, and attending the 2019 Vodafone Music Awards as a finalist for Best Roots Artist.

Whaea Styles is currently working on her debut EP, due to be released in 2020, starting with the first single North Star on the 22 May.

Band Members:
Lisa McLeod aka Whaea Stylz (lyrics, vocals, keyboards)
Eric McLeod aka Eman Gruvin (bass, guitar)

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