Aro is husband and wife duo, Charles and Emily Looker. They met while studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland, where they discovered they share a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity. In 2019 they were a Silver Scrolls finalist and last year a finalist for the APRA Best Children's Song Award.
They released their third EP He Wai this week. It’s part of a wider project that includes workshops and a tour.
He Wai's new waiata are used as a part of the educational resources and programme the couple created for schools and Kura Kaupapa Māori. While touring their He Wai, they take these workshops to schools around the country.
Aro joined Charlotte over the phone to discuss the meaning behind the water-inspired EP, and their excitement about the rising popularity of bilingual music in Aotearoa.
Saturday 9th October - D’vine Oasis - Russell
Labour Weekend - Wellington Folk Festival
Saturday October 30th - Music on the Mall - Onehunga