On the West Coast beaches of Auckland, Taonga Puoro master, Horomona Horo, meets with UK dub producer, Alpha Steppa, bringing their two musical worlds together - in a project instigated by Tim Bailey of Tamaki Makaurau’s Lion Rockers Hi-fi reggae soundsystem.
Over 5 days (17th - 21st Feb) in Piha and Karekare Horomona and Alpha Steppa shared their stories, knowledge and art-forms to eventually create a 15-minute piece, combining the ethereal sounds of Taonga Puoro and the spiritual depth of roots and dub. The piece, Ipurangi, embodies the story of creation and takes the listener on a journey from Te Kore or the void to Te Po - the darkness and then to Te Ao Marama, the world of light.
Mani Dunlop sits in on the production process at musician Paddy Free’s home studio in Piha.
Artist: Horomona Horo (NZ), Alpha Steppa (UK)
Composer: Horomona Horo (NZ), Alpha Steppa (UK)
Label: Steppas Records