Creative native Bio
Maori fusion artist, singer-songwriter, lead guitarist Riqi Harawira hails from Ahipara in the far north of Aotearoa NZ. His tribal affiliations are Ngapuhi, Te Aupouri and Te Rarawa.
Riqis music is Maori fusion, a blend of Te reo, Rock, reggae and Maori Mantra.
A survivor of state care. Music is his Rongoa (medicine) and his way of healing and giving back. Riqi is an advocate for recovery having battled with addiction himself. His Kaupapa (purpose) through music and the campaigns he supports are about breaking the chains, rewriting the narrative & finding the tools to rise up through the guidelines of his Maoritanga (culture).
Using the high energy of his Maori fusion music as a vehicle to travel and share his matauranga Maori workshops and play inspiring performances spreading messages of recovery, redemption, hope and self determination.
Riqis new album “Mauri” is out Now available on Google play, Itunes and Spotify.
Riqi also creator of Maori Mantra @Wairua Warrior
'Ki te whei ao ki te Ao Marama '
(From the darkness to the light)
MAORI MANTRA & WORKSHOPS
People coming together to sing simple songs to relieve anxiety and raise the vibration using basic words in Te reo that everyone can sing and relate too.
Kia Ora koutou and welcome to Wairua Warriors.
This group is dedicated to the cause of Maori mantra singing. Maori Mantra is something I have developed as a form of devotional singing practised in groups using the healing power of Kupu Maori (words). Its main aim is to connect to traditional forms of Maori culture through singing.
Your host Riqi Harawira is a musician of over 20 years, a survivor of state care who has battled with addiction and mental health and who is always searching for healthy ways to share music with a healing kaupapa. Riqs approach to Maori Mantra is Tikanga based (Maori values), and kaupapa driven (has meaning and is authentic).
Riqi also rolls out his unique Matauranga programme to festivals and schools.
A fun educational programme designed around tikanga and Maori values with basic Te reo literacy learnt through games, mau rakau, waiata. Taonga puoro and historic land battles.
Upcoming Live Dates
+64 21 666 799