22 Nov 2008

Bowie's Waiata

From RNZ Music, 4:10 pm on 22 November 2008

In 1983 David Bowie was enjoying the biggest success of his career. The album Let's Dance had gone to number one around the world and the subsequent 'Serious Moonlight' tour was playing to huge, record breaking audiences.

The show finally reached New Zealand and on 23 November 1983, and shortly before his first concert in Wellington, Bowie was invited to visit Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua. He was among the first bonafide rock stars to be officially welcomed onto a Māori marae.

Here's Sam Coley with the story of the visit, and the special song Bowie sang that day:

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