RNZ music is excited to present the incredible new video ‘Ka Puta’ from Māori rock and roll band Kiko. The members of Kiko represent the cream of bands such as Fly My Pretties, The Wreckage, Harvey Knows a Killer, These Automatic Changes and Strangely Arousing.
Made up of Rewi McLay (Ngāti Kahu/Ngāti Hine), Kara Gordon (Ngāi Te Rangi), Lucas Wharekura (Ngāti Kahungunu), Phillip Peters (Whanauand Rangitane), Windon Bradfield, Kiko represents the cream of bands such as Fly My Pretties, The Wreckage, Harvey Knows a Killer, These Automatic Changes and Strangely Arousing.
Their band name Kiko is short for kikorangi, the Māori word for blue, or as it is directly translated “the flesh of Ranginui” the Sky Father. The band incorporates a mix of genres to deliver a unique rock-blend sound, but as with many rock bands, guitars remain the most vital instrument.
‘Ka Puta’ is a track performed entirely in te reo, and is about “escaping the beaten track, dismantling the enclosing barriers and breaking free to find your own path, your new journey”.
The stunning accompanying music video is co directed by Francis Baker and lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Rewi McLay. It’s about escaping the “colonised encroachment and the western determined formula of existence” and it really packs a punch.