In The World Of Light - Tiki Taane
With family members caught up in the February 22 quake this Christchurch local prepares to release his new cut In The World Of Light.
The cicadas were thrumming loudly on the AUT campus as writers, musicians and media gathered at the Nga Wai o Horotiu marae for the launch of Ihimaera, a CD that fuses Witi Ihimaera's words with music from twelve diverse local acts.
As usual I got the dress code completely wrong as authors and composers graced the lawn wearing sharp, pressed trousers and ink-black blazers. But, as I was "working" the event, I suppose it wasn't a great crime to be looking like road-crew in a black t-shirt, jeans and Chuck Taylor's.
Ihimaera himself was open and gregarious reflecting on a difficult 18 months in the aftermath of the The Trowenna Sea plagiarism scandal. The book will be re-launched in the near future after it looked as though it may disappear from retailers shelves indefinitely.
Inside the marae, Ruia Aperahama performed The Song Of Te Kooti. "Some call him rebel, some call him murderer, we call him saviour." It's the opening track of the record who's themes weave between the revolutionary and celebratory.
I spoke to King Kapisi who produced his cut Whale Rider in the small hours of the morning after an exhausting and protracted video shoot in Rarotonga. Yoost Langeveld of Unitone HiFi revealed that he was quite comfortable producing music containing te reo as it was one of many languages he's had to interpret being Dutch and having English as a second language. Ihimaera commented that he was very curious about how Unitone's "two white boys and a Pakistani" would deal with the content of his writing.
After the mihi we left the marae for an adjoining building and the musicians gossed as the sun sank a little lower. I interrupted several animated conversations to interview and take photos. You'll be able to hear the results on Music 101 and in The Music Mix next week.
Witi Ihimaera with Charlotte Yates.
King Kapisi, Teremoana Rapley, and Yoost Langeveld.
Ruia Aperahama and Victoria Girling-Butcher.