14 Mar 2014

Maori culture on show at WOMAD

7:43 pm on 14 March 2014

The Maori culture will take to the stage at the tenth anniversary of the World of Music, Art and Dance (WOMAD) festival in Taranaki.

The crowd at Womad.

The crowd at Womad. Photo: RNZ / Leigh Mclachlan

The annual event attracts hundreds of musicians and performers from worldwide, and about 15,000 people will pack out the TSB Bowl of Brooklands in New Plymouth each day for the next three days.

Two groups - Moana & the Tribe and Waiora - will bring te Ao Maori to the stage.

Moana Maniapoto, from Moana & the Tribe, says the event welcomes a vast range of cultures. She will launch a new waiata during the weekend called Warrior Woman.

Horomona Horo, from the group Waiora, says it's his fifth year at WOMAD, bringing the sounds of taonga puoro, or traditional Maori instruments, alive.

She says a highlight of the event will be performing with Moana and The Tribe, aboriginal singers and a Scottish group.