Kairua Roimata Mataio has always loved singing and was proud to win the Mire Atu composer of the year competition. Photo: KATRINA TANIRAU. 20122005
"If you love writing and singing – just do it".
Those were the words of first time entrant Kairua Roimata Mataio, who said he was shocked to win the Mire Atu Composer of the Year competition held last week.
composed the reggae styled song “Tumutoa” that tells the story of back in the
day when people on the island of Rakahanga would cross the sea to Manihiki when
food was scarce.
would pray to God for calm seas for their travels to Manihiki, and head out for
the island, it was their way of life,” said Mataio.
the first competition Mataio has participated in - a relative Poureva Maea sang
always loved singing, but I was never confident enough to come out and just
sing,” said Mataio.
love writing and singing, just do it. You can’t improve yourself if you just
keep your talents hidden and don’t share it, you won’t get anywhere.
me, I had always loved singing, but I was too scared to sing, I was too scared
people would laugh at me, I was too scared people would judge or criticise me.”
confidence grew with the Nikao CICC Praise and Worship team.
thought of all those years of time wasted, when I didn’t sing.”
results for the Mire Atu are as follows: 1st Composer Kairua Roimata Mataio,
song Tumutoa, singer Poureva Mataio; 2nd composer Kati Unuia, singer Tuaine
Unuia, song Taura Atua Teretere Moana; 3rd composer Papatua, singer Heinarii
Syme, song Vaka rangi ma toru o Auau Enua.
prizes: Katreena Smith, Upokotea Bob and Pastor Ngarima George who each
composed and sang their own songs.