Māreikura

by Modern Māori Quartet

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NGĀ WHAKAMĀRAMA (About The Song)

Māreikura in Māori literally refers to the supreme Goddesses of the Twelfth Heaven.

As young men who have all been raised by strong women, we, MMQ, wrote this waiata to acknowledge women as the pillars that provide the foundation of our world.

Women are the doorway to life, the heartbeat of Māori culture and the first voice heard on the Marae.

Our song reflects these aspects. It is strong and warm,and ranges musically from traditional chant and haka to a contemporary rhythmic guitar with melodic vocal flow.

It was also important to us to have a female voice on this track. We have the pleasure of introducing you to an incredible emerging talent –Awhimai Fraser, whose vocal finesse elevates this song to another stratosphere.

Māreikura is the perfect way for us to celebrate Matariki.

lyrics

NGĀ KUPU (Lyrics)

Papatuānuku
Hine-ahu-one
Hine-tītama
Hine-nui-te-pō
e I E

Hine-mōana
Hine-hukarere
Hine-rāukatāuri
Hine-pūkohurangi
Hineruhi Ē

He ātua he tipua
Ngā pou ō to tātou āo

Wahine
Māreikura

Muriranga-whenua
Tāranga
Rongomai-wahine
Wairaka
Hine-matioro
Hinemoa E

Rangitopeora
Meri-te-tai-mangakāhia
Mihi kōtukutuku
Te āo kapurangi E

He tīpuna
He tangata
Ngā pou ō to tātou āo

Wahine
Māreikura

Ma te wahine,
Ma te whenua
Ka ora ai te tangata

Wahine
Māreikura

Te Puea Hērangi
Ko Te Atairangikaahu
Ko Tuini Ngāwai
Ngoi Pewhairangi
Whina Cooper E

Wahine
Māreikura

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released June 23, 2017
Photo: Mardo El-Noor | www,worldofmardo.com
Logo design: Jessica Sanderson | www.jessicasanderson.com

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Modern Māori Quartet Auckland, New Zealand

A fresh take on classic Māori showbands, the Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) are a good looking, suave and multi-talented Māori foursome who love crooning their spin on modern and classic numbers. 

Look out for our debut album "That's Us!" releasing globally September 2017.
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