30 Jul 2020

RNZ Music presents Waiata Anthems Live

From RNZ Music, 8:00 am on 30 July 2020

RNZ Music is proud to present Waiata Anthems, a stellar lineup of Aotearoa’s top musical talent performing live at Auckland’s Civic Theatre on September 17 to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020.

When the Waiata Anthems album debuted at #1 in the NZ Top 40 chart last year it became the first 100% te reo Māori album to do so. The record features artist including Bic Runga, Drax Project and Stan Walker performing their hit songs in Māori.

One year on from the release, some of Aoteroa’s most beloved acts will perform their songs for Waiata Anthems Live.

RNZ Music presents Waiata Anthems Live

Thursday 17 September, The Civic, Auckland

  • Annie Crummer
  • Bic Runga
  • Che Fu
  • Don McGlashan
  • Drax Project
  • Hollie Smith
  • Katchafire
  • Melodownz
  • Stan Walker

The artists will be performing their waiata in celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre who provide music therapy services to help people with disabilities.

“I'm so excited to be part of the first ever Waiata Anthems show,” Bic Runga says, “It will be a great chance to share the beautiful Civic stage with so many fellow musicians for the first time live on our shared te reo Māori musical journeys."

The project’s creator Hinewehi Mohi says Waiata anthems has shown how powerful music is as a way to normalise and revitalise te reo Māori.

“This music has unlocked massive potential for the way we might perceive, create, produce and consume music in Aotearoa,” Hinewehi says.

In 2019 Waiata Anthems debuted at #1 in the NZ Top 40 chart – the first 100% te reo Māori album to do so, achieved Gold status record sales, spent 16 weeks in the NZ Top 40 chart, and received three Māori Language Awards including the Supreme Award.

Many of the songs featured at Waiata Anthems Live will be recorded as part of a documentary series screening on TVNZ OnDemand next year.

Tickets go on sale 9am Tuesday 4 August with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.nz

In partnership with Auckland Live and Te Māngai Paho. All proceeds from the event will go to the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.

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