The Pūatatangi Committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa is thrilled to announce the first instalment of stellar performers to play Pao Pao Pao in 2018.
The musical showcase, now in its 17th year, will be held on Saturday 17th February, 2018 at Pipitea Marae in Wellington and is designed to celebrate the diversity of Māori music forms.
FINAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PAO PAO PAO 2018,
A ONE-NIGHT-ONLY MĀORI MUSICAL SHOWCASE
Internationally-acclaimed, APRA Maioha Award-winning Māori thrash metal band ALIEN WEAPONRY are joining the Pao Pao Pao line-up, along with a host of newly-announced acts confirmed to perform at the 17th installment of the annual Māori musical showcase on Saturday 17th February, 2018 at Pipitea Marae in Wellington.
Joining Whangarei-based ALIEN WEAPONRY in today’s second line-up announcement are:
- RnB Soul singer-songwriter and Waiata Māori Award winner KIRSTEN TE RITO with support from pianist JAMES ILLINGWORTH and her band;
- golden-voiced soul singer MARA TK, performing alongside acclaimed songwriter and pianist MARK VANILAU;
- up-and-coming teen choreographer and dance sensation NGARETA TEIRA-TUILOMA showcasing dance/haka;
- plus, Kapa Haka performance with Te Haeata Awatea from Wellington College and Wellington Girls College;
- MCs for the night are MARAMA FOX and ADRIAN WAGNER.
Acts already announced to perform Pao Pao Pao 2018 include: acclaimed Haka-soul Musician ROB RUHA, supported by THE WITCH DOCTOR; solo a cappella songstress and queen of loops, MIHIRANGI; Wellington-based soul, RnB and roots band GROVE ROOTS, featuring the powerful vocals of SIANNE; Māori Gospel-Soul artist KAATERAMA, winner of the Emerging Artist Under 25 Award at the 10th annual Waiata Māori Music Awards in 2017; plus, celebrated slam poet TE KAHU ROLLESTON will perform his works in both English and Te Reo Māori.
Producer Toni Huata said: “Pao Pao Pao has a history of showcasing the best of contemporary Māori music and our 2018 event will continue that proud legacy by featuring some of our most well-established and internationally acclaimed artists alongside some exceptionally talented newcomers. This is a unique opportunity for Kiwi music-lovers to experience a hugely diverse array of contemporary Māori musicianship and to celebrate our language and our culture.
Pao Pao Pao 2018
Saturday 17th February, 2018
Venue: Pipitea Marae, 55 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea, Wellington
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Tickets details: $25 General Admission, $15 Concession
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Pao Pao Pao 2018 is proudly supported by Toi Māori Aotearoa, Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori, The Māori Language Commission and Creative New Zealand.