7 Sep 2021

RNZ Music Live Sessions: Mara TK

From RNZ Music, 12:00 pm on 7 September 2021

It’s time for another RNZ Music Live Session! This time we’re joined by Wellington singer and songwriter, Mara TK (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui), who you may know from his time as frontman of Electric Wire Hustle.

Mara performed a smooth and soulful set of songs from his debut solo album Bad Meditation, live at Te Noho Kotahitanga marae at Auckland’s Unitec.

It’s been five years since Mara’s band Electric Wire Hustle called it quits. He’s spent that time learning how to use a studio’s worth of equipment he bought off a friend, and Bad Meditation is the result.

On the album, Mara sings about his Māori heritage, the tension between that and colonial/capitalist culture, and growing up in poverty.

Mara had planned to play live in Wellington this month, but due to Covid restrictions, has had to postpone. Keep an eye on undertheradar.co.nz for future gig announcements.

Stay tuned for more live sessions from Mara TK, and TE KAAHU coming your way soon.

Made possible with support from NZ On Air Music.


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