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August 13, 2012 | by  | in Arts Music |
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Iwi: The Band And The Music

Keelan Ransfield and Kimo Winiata (lead vocals, composers), Manawahine & Johanna Tango (vocals), John ‘Bones’ Grace (bass), Chris ‘Rasta’ Wilson(rhythm and lead guitar).

Nō te tau 1996 ka whānau te roopu nei a IWI. Ko tōnā pūtake he whakanui i te reo Māori me ngā kaupapa o te ao Māori. Ko Kimo Winiata rāua ko Keelan Ransfield ngā kānohi me ngā reo matua o IWI. Ko rāua anō hoki ngā kai tito i te rahinga o ngā waiata e waiatahia ana e IWI. I tupu ake rāua i raro i te kaupapa Whakatupuranga Rua Mano, he kaupapa whakaora reo whakaora tikanga anō hoki tēnei. Nā tēnei kaupapa te take e ngākaunui ana te tokorua nei ki te tito waiata ki roto ki tō rāua reo Māori.

Ko tā rātou kōpae tuatahi ka tapa ko IWI, ā, i mau i a rātou he tohu waiata e kiia nei ko te Tui Music Award i te tau 1999/2000. He waiata pakanga ki te Kāwanatanga he waiata whakanui i ngā ātua Māori me ngā rangatahi Māori hoki ka rāngona ki taua kōpae rā. Ka pau ngā tau tekau mā rua nei ka rewa mai anō he kōpae hou e whakahuatia ana ko ‘Te Kawa Tuarua’. He kōpae reo Māori tēnei i tautokonā e Te Māngai Pāho hei whakarongotanga mā te marea. Kua hou mai ngā tangata rongonui pēnei i a Horomona Horo rāua ko Warren Maxwell ki te whakarangatira i ngā waiata kei te kōpae nei. Ko te ia o te tangi o te kōpae tuarua e rite tonu ana ki te mea tuatahi i puta ake i mua rā, ā, kāore e kore ka pai tērā tūāhuatanga ki ōnā kaitautoko e rata ana ki ērā waiata i rewa i te roopu rā i te wā i ngāhau tuatahi rātou ki te motu.

Ko te whāinga matua o IWI mo te tau 2012, ā, haere tonu ana, e rite tonu ana, arā he whakanui i te reo Māori me ngā kaupapa o te ao Māori nei. Hēoi, ko te tino āwhero nui kia rongo whānuitia ngā waiata Māori ki runga ki ngā reo irirangi o te motu, kaua noaiho mā ngā reo irirangi Māori anakē, kia rongo te motu i ngā ataahuatanga i te reka i te kōunga hoki o te reo Māori.

THE SECOND ALBUM: TE KAWA TUARUA

The new album follows in the similar footsteps of the original by replicating the flows of RnB, Reggae and Hip hop. Strong waiata on the album include ‘E ara e’, a song asking the gods to play a guiding role in our life. ‘E ara e’ has a roots reggae feel which features Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots/ Songs from the inside) executing a deadly sax lead. ‘He kitenga’ delves in to the beauties within whakatauki/rarangi korero. The song has an extremely hooky RnB swing with strong vocals from the crew. ‘Takahia’ is an up-tempo jam featuring DJ Gooda on the decks which encourages people to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Gooda also cuts it up in the song ‘Whiua’ which is a strong rhythmic waiata about shaking that kumu! IWI also ventured into the blues genre with a Stevie Ray Vaughn flavour waiata called ‘E whatu ake’ naming all marae of Ngati Raukawa, Another new area of music genre, which widens the bands appeal, is the alternative pop number ‘Kua rite au nei’ that smacks of a 80’s pop feel with a 2012 twist.

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  1. Robbie says:

    Kia ora, does anyone know where I can download this album, Im in europe and are hanging out to listen to these fullas (homesick azz)

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