Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui

Mantis

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Our Wellington Music collection is currently unavailable on our catalogue due to the Central Library closure. We're working on options for making it available again and as soon as it is, we'll update this site.

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Line-Up:
Joe Heritage (Bass Guitar / Vocals)
Ronnie Sammuel (Keyboards)
Paul Stephen (Drums)
Waisea Vatuwaga (Lead Guitar / Vocals)
Reuben Davui (Guitar / Vocals)

Mantis were a Fijian rock group that came to Wellington and took up a residency at one of the clubs. While they were in Wellington they recorded an album in 1973 called “Turn Onto Music”. It was released on the Vertigo label. Two singles came from the album, “Night and Day”/”Time Is Tight” and “Turn On The Music”/”Get Down”. Their style was very much funk.

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Grateful acknowledgement is made to Bruce Sergent for letting us use this material from his great discographical site New Zealand Music of the 60’s, 70’s and a bit of 80’s.


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