Top quartet to play on Rarotonga

Wednesday November 04, 2015 Written by Published in Entertainment
The Modern Maori Quartet: Coming our way shortly. 15110312 The Modern Maori Quartet: Coming our way shortly. 15110312

The acclaimed Modern Maori Quartet is riding a wave of success, picking up a performance award on their recent Asian tour, selling out performances at Christchurch Arts Festival and confirming a season in Honolulu, Hawaii.


That’s all good news, but even better news is that the much-loved group will be performing two shows in Rarotonga on November 10 and 11, at the Empire Theatre, Avarua. And to top it all off, FRESH TV will be on board to film the quartet during their time in Rarotonga.

“We just love this show and wanted to bring it to Rarotonga for a long time,” says Glenda Tuaine of Motone Productions, who are producing the event.

“That’s especially because we know Fran Kora from the band Kora who we produced for the Vaka EIva 10th birthday party. Fran played with our drumming sensation kids at the 2014 New Zealand festival of the Arts Big Bang event in Wellington and went on to be our Creative Resident in Rarotonga later that year.”

 “We also love the fact we can finally put on a theatre show on at the Empire. It’s a great venue and will create an excellent experience for our community. It really will be one of the best events of 2015.”

The New Zealand Maori foursome toured to Malaysia, Uzbekistan and Singapore in August resulting in the group receiving the “Most Daring & Emotional Performance” Award at the 10th Sharq Taronalari International Music Fesitval in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

“We had such a great time at the festival,” says band member Maaka Pohatu.

“We were treated like kings the whole time and then to win the award was just fantastic.”

Since returning to New Zealand the quartet has performed two sold-out performances at Christchurch Arts Festival. But then they packed their bags again and headed off to perform in Hawaii at Honolulu’s Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu in September. They then returned to New Zealand to complete another tour of the lower part of the North Island.

Coming together from different corners of Aotearoa, the Modern Maori Quartet perform their signature cabaret show, “An Evening with the Modern Maori Quartet,” filled with waiata, humour and charm.

A fresh take on classic Maori showbands, the quartet is made up of good-looking, suave and multi-talented men who love crooning their spin on modern and classic numbers. The group is made up of  talented Toi Whaakari graduates, James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora who all have illustrious careers outside of their work together.

In 2011 part-Cook Islander James Tito was nominated as Most Promising Male Newcomer at the 2011 Chapman Tripp Awards. He was inspired by the Maori showbands and entertainers of yesterday to establish the Modern Maori Quartet.

Maaka Pohatu has performed in numerous productions including “The Maori Troilus and Cressida,” which featured at the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Matariki Whatarau’s screen credits include “Find Me A Maori Bride,” “The Almighty Johnsons,” “Go Girls” and “The Pa Boys,” and for the last decade, The Pa Boys co-star Francis Kora has performed with iconic Kiwi band Kora.

As well as performing on the New Zealand television show “Happy Hour” alongside show host Temuera Morrison, the Modern Maori Quartet have sung alongside some of New Zealand’s best-knownstars including the Cook Islands’ own Annie Crummer.

Tuaine says the show promises a trip down memory lane into New Zealand’s musical past and present as well as recent international hits, all with a unique Modern Maori Quartet twist and flavour.

Don’t miss this one – tickets are limited, so you must book now.

Contact Glenda on 55885 or Mo on 54461 or buy your ticket from The Cafe at the Beachcomber.         - Release

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