8 Aug 1998

Moana Maniapoto Jackson on Musical Chairs 1998

Moana Maniapoto singing supplied

Moana Maniapoto-Jackson and her band Moana and the Moahunters are at the forefront of a new style of music incorporating maori language and instruments. Moana has been singing in Maori for the past 10 years, first with Wellington band Aotearoa and since then as the lead singer and songwriter with The Moahunters.

Her latest album Rua came out in mid-1998 and has received high critical acclaim for its distinctive and successful blend of Maori and Pakeha instruments, and styles, reflecting our multicultural society.

Eva Radich talks to the dynamic singer/songwriter about her life, her career, and the challenges of creating a truly indigenous style of music.

Music details

Artist: Moana and the Moahunters
Songs: 'Peace Love and Family', 'Tihore', 'Tahi' 'Sensual'
Album: Tahi
Label: Southside D30787

Songs: 'Ancestors', 'Kahu', 'Bird in a Tree', 'Titokowaru', Awe Maria', 'Moko', 'Treaty'
Album: Rua
Label: Tangata BMG