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Modern Maori Quartet: That’s Us! (The Modern Maori Quartet Ltd)

By | Published on Saturday 19 August 2017

Kia ora! Or “hello”, as I used to say before I had a Maori language lesson at this funny, engaging New Zealand Show Band concert. They sent themselves up with a customised version of seventies hit ‘Float On’ and that set the tone for this hour that fused humour, Maori culture and pop songs. They sang well – lots of harmony and more than a touch of soul – particularly Rutene Spooner, who excelled vocally even among these fine singers. There were hints of early Sinatra about them too as they sang, danced and joked to their own guitar accompaniment. The traditional Maori songs in the programme were all new to me and a pleasure to hear, contrasting pleasingly with the pop items.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]