Ariana Tikao


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NZ’s folk-world Maori songstress with three acclaimed albums, ‘Whaea’, ‘Tuia’ & ‘From Dust to Light’.

Ariana is a unique performer and composer of heartfelt music in both Te Reo Māori and English. She draws on folk and pop styles with a strong emphasis on Māori chant. Although now living in Wellington, her music in inspired and influenced by her Māori ancestry and the dramatic landscape of Te Waipounamu – The South Island of New Zealand…

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‘Ko te tatai whetu’ is a concerto for Taonga Puoro and orchestra by composer Phil Brownlee, the result of a collaboration with Ariana…



A 2013 Music 101 interview with Ariana on taking inspiration from the writing of her tupuna, and her recent sojourn in France.


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Concerto for Taonga Puoro courtesy of RNZ. Interview courtesy of RNZ.
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Last edited: 23.06.15

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  • Ihimaera

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Māori ; Television

    "Charlotte Yates produced Ihimaera Live for the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival. The concert featured lyrics especially written by author Witi Ihimaera, and set to music by 12 NZ composers and 55 musicians. This short documentary for Māori Television includes clips of the performances at Manukau's Events Centre, and interviews with Ihimaera and musicians Warren Maxwell, Horomona Horo and Waimihi Hotere as they search for the rhythm of word and sound. Yates and director Lala Rolls also collaborated on Tuwhare, which documented a musical tribute to Hone Tuwhare." (NZ On Screen summary)


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