Riqi Harawira is a lot of things. A Guitarist, a Counselor, a Storyteller, an Addict, a Teacher, a Survivor and a Warrior.
He is both Maori and Pakeha, he is a New Zealander who is proud of all that he is and of his nation. Riqi strives to be a unifying force through his teaching and his music. He wields his guitar like a taiaha (Guitaiaha) and melds Rock, Funk and Reggae as he tells both his story and ours.
"Ruapekapeka" is his latest offering, a powerful Guitaiaha driven rock anthem with tribal chorus chants that hook you immediately. It's laden with beautifully executed playing that weaves into your being. The song carries a palpable mana with it that reminds us of the famous northern battle between the colonials under Governor General Grey and the combined forces of Kawiti and Hone Heke.
The former Dead Flowers lead guitarist has found his voice too, stepping in front of the microphone and unleashing a mighty tone every bit as striking as his work on the fretboard.
In "Ruapekapeka" Riqi has delivered a truly striking piece of work that will have crowds pumping their fists in the air and straining their vocal chords like some contemporary national anthem.
Riqi Harawira is many things but first and foremost he is the Creative Native and this is the first taste of what is to come from his third solo album.
Riqis album 2nd album “Mauri” is available on Google play, Itunes and Spotify.
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