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Love this well known songs redone in Maori, great music, great way to learn and appreciate Te Reo in another way.

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WAIATA / ANTHEMS is released to celebrate Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 (Sep 9–13) and to coincide with the 20-year anniversary of Hinewehi Mohi first performing the New Zealand National Anthem in Te Reo Māori at an All Blacks game.

In 1999, singer and songwriter Hinewehi Mohi stood in front of 70,000 people at a sold-out Rugby World Cup quarter final in Twickenham and sang the words: “E Ihowā Atua…” All she had wanted to do when she chose to sing the national anthem in Te Reo Māori instead of English was share her language with the world.

Back home in New Zealand, the feedback was overwhelmingly negative and Mohi was forced to defend herself, and Te Reo Māori, in the media. This proved to be a turning point, sparking a national conversation about our cultural identity and the first language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Today, New Zealanders all over the country proudly sing the national anthem in both English and Te Reo Māori.

20 years on, she has decided to mark that anniversary not by remembering the controversy, but by celebrating how far we’ve come.

The result – 11 of New Zealand’s best loved artists performing their hit songs in Te Reo Māori, as well as an acknowledgement of ‘Aotearoa’ with a vibrant rendition by the renowned Hātea Kapa Haka.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Hātea Kapa Haka - Aotearoa / God Defend New Zealand
  2. Six60 - Kia Mau Ki tō Ūkaipō / Don't Forget Your Roots
  3. Stan Walker - Tēnā Rā Koe / Thank You
  4. Benee - Kua Kore He Kupu / Soaked
  5. Drax Project - I Moeroa / Woke Up Late
  6. Shapeshifter - Ngā Kano / In Colour
  7. Kings - Kei Aro Atu Koe / Don’t Worry Bout' It
  8. Tiki Taane - Kei Tōku Ngākau Nei Koe / Always On My Mind
  9. Sons of Zion - Pōtere Ana / Drift Away
  10. Bic Runga - Haere Mai Rā / Sway
  11. Teeks - E Kore E Wehe / Never Be Apart
  12. Tami Neilson - Roimata / Cry Myself To Sleep
Release date NZ
September 6th, 2019
Universal Music
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