12 Jun 2012

Music festival celebrates 10 years

7:01 pm on 12 June 2012

An annual Maori music festival is celebrating 10 years of showcasing contemporary Maori artists at Wellington's Pipitea marae on Saturday 16 June.

PAO PAO PAO brings together not only Aotearoa grown talent but a range of international acts and rising stars.

The bilingual show also features elements of taonga puoro or traditional Maori instruments, big band sounds, jazz, soul, reggae and kapa haka as well as an array of vocal talent.

Organiser Ngahiwi Apanui says PAO PAO PAO gives all New Zealanders a rare chance to experience the diverse range of contemporary Maori music in one show.

He says over the years, it has set a benchmark for modern Maori music and it has become a regular fixture on the New Zealand music calendar.

At this year's 10th anniversary show the line-up includes: Majic, Ariana Tikao, Toni Huata, Kirsten Te Rito, Aio, Brannigan Kaa, David Grace & Injustice, Ruia, Vintage and Bella Kalolo.