RNZ Music is fizzing about the brand new single and video from genre-defying South Auckland band Valkyrie. ‘Minamina’ features Waiata Māori Music Award-winner Pere and fuses te reo Māori with salsa, pop, and hip-hop.
Valkyrie are on a roll. Their debut EP went straight to the top of the NZ heatseekers chart in 2017, and their recent release ‘Good Thing’ has made its way to over 600 playlists. The band is made up of Omer Gilroy (Nga Puhi, Ngai Tahu) and Rebel Reid (Nga Puhi), who’ve recruited Pere - from Māori music collective Maimoa - for their second release this year, ‘Minamina’.
‘Minamina’ means ‘tis the dance of love’ and is about finding the courage to ask that person you have been longing for to dance with you and to command their attention. However, the song has a deeper meaning too.
“We wrote this metaphorically, and the woman we speak of represents our native language; she is ‘Te Reo’ and the man, in this case, represents us as a band; Valkyrie. Now we finally have the courage to face and ask our language if we may have the honour to dance and be one.” Valkyrie says.
The sensual music video sees Valkyrie keep up their high standard of styling and eye-catching dance moves. Choosing again to work with director Shae Stirling, whos worked with the likes of Stand Walker, Maisey Rika, Maya Payne, and more.