14 May 2010

Hirini Melbourne, Part 6 - Collaborations and Mentoring

From the collecton Hirini Melbourne
Hirini Melbourne

Hirini Melbourne Photo: University of Waikato


Dr Hirini Melbourne of Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu was a significant leader in the revival of Māori culture through his waiata and use of taonga pūoro.

Hirini Melbourne’s collaboration with Richard Nunns, Brian Flintoff and others associated with the revival of taonga pūoro, traditional Māori instruments changed the soundscape of Aotearoa.

It’s just one of many collaborations Melbourne formed with others who shared his passions for music and te reo Māori.  His willingness to join forces with so many people, Pākehā as well as Māori, is one reason his music is so ubiquitous and enduring.

For example, the 2002 feature film The Māori Merchant of Venice, based on Shakespeare’s play, features Hirini onscreen as a musician, several versions of his waiata are heard, as well as his lyrics set to music by Clive Cockburn and sung by Mere Boynton.

Music Details:

MELBOURNE/ NUNNS   Takapau Horonui, from Te Ku Te Whe - Rattle RATCD 004

MELBOURNE      Nga Tamariki o te Kohu, from Ruatoki Children sing… - Replay Radio RR515

MELBOURNE      Ngā Tamariki o te Kohu, from Waikohu -  Trust MMT 2034

MELBOURNE      Pirihina o Arakona, from The Māori Merchant of Venice - Te Whai Rawa CD 001

COLEMAN/ MOHI  Pepepe, from Oceania - Point 536 775

MELBOURNE      Ko te mea nui, excerpt from Mauri - Awatea Films 1988

MELBOURNE      Ngā Roimata, excerpt from Mauri - Awatea Films 1988

MELBOURNE      Ngā Roimata, from Toiapiapi - Titi Tangiao TT 001

MELBOURNE      He waiata moemoeā, from Hinepukohurangi - Replay Radio RR222

MELBOURNE      Taku Pūtōrino, from Toiapiapi - Titi Tangiao TT 001

COLEMAN/ MOHI   Pukaea - Oceania 536 775

MELBOURNE arr KELLY   Homai o Ringa, from Te Whaiao - RATD 0014

                                           Pipiwharauroa, from Forest and Ocean - Viking Sevenseas VPS 496

MELBOURNE arr BENSON  Pipiwharauroa – Dudley Benson

MELBOURNE      E Rere Te Manu - Island Boys Entertainment

MELBOURNE      Purea Nei, from Te Kuraroa - Kia Ata Mai CD 001

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