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.
Artist: Moana and the Moahunters
Songs: 'Peace Love and Family', 'Tihore', 'Tahi' 'Sensual'
Label: Southside D30787
Songs: 'Ancestors', 'Kahu', 'Bird in a Tree', 'Titokowaru', Awe Maria', 'Moko', 'Treaty'
Label: Tangata BMG