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Aro’s Debut Album Release &  Nationwide Tour for ​​'Manu'

29 November 2018 - 0 Comments

"Aro mai, aro atu, aroha"
"To be faced, to face, to love"

Aro are setting off on their debut album release tour around the country next February to May (2019) following on from their official album release. Aro's sound is distinctly Aotearoa/NZ pop, with a range of other influences including RnB, Jazz, and Kapahaka. With 20 shows booked, the pair are taking their tunes from Whangarei to Stewart Island sharing their native bird inspired project titled Manu (bird); a bilingual - te reo Maori & English 10 track album. The husband and wife duo made up of Charles and Emily Looker, have toured the country finding inspiration and discovering stories to share within the album.

Manu was inspired on Aro’s first nationwide tour in 2018, using the melodies, rhythms and stories of Aotearoa’s native birds, playing on their characteristics, and some of their significances for Maori to convey messages about life and identity. The songs were written from their home on wheels they call ‘Jamba’. They have put together a unique tour, celebrating the release of this album and sharing the stories of our native manu with the people of Aotearoa.

Aro's album Manu is available for pre-sale via Bandcamp.

Nationwide Dates and Venues

17 February @ Cafe One2One, Auckland
24 February @ Bunker Unplugged, Auckland
2 March @ Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Whangarei
8 March @ Kumeu Live, Kumeu
22 March @ Luke's Kitchen, Kuaotunu
24 March @ Eggsentric, Cooks Beach
29 March @ The Refinery, Paeroa
30 March @ Jam Factory, Tauranga
5 April @ Common Room, Hastings
6 April @ Joseph St Kitchen, Palmerston North
7 April @ Raumati Social Club, Raumati South
11 April @ Le Cafe, Picton
14 April @ Fairfield House, Nelson
18 April @ Barrytown Hall, Barrytown
20 April @ Cork Bar, Wanaka
21 April @ Sherwood, Queenstown
25 April @ South Sea Hotel, Stewart Island
26 April @ Invercargill Brewery, Invercargill
27 April @ Bellamy's Gallery, Dunedin
4 May @ Geraldine Music Academy, Geraldine
5 May @ Lyttelton Records, Lyttelton

Tickets available now at UTR:

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