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The Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre was at the forefront of the renaissance of Maori Performing Arts. Formed in the early 1980's by Tama Huata and a team who shared his vision to present Maori performing arts in a dynamic and contemporary manner, our touring teams have travelled the world promoting cultural understanding, and inviting audiences to participate in their programmes.

Kahurangi is a New Zealand treasure with extraordinary vitality, passion, strength and athleticism. They have thrilled audiences with their unique blend of Maori song, dance and heritage. The Company employees outstanding young Maori performers and graduates of the Takitimu Performing Arts School, (the first tertiary institution in New Zealand to offer a degree course in there traditional Maori performing arts) who reflect the energy of Ngati Kahungunu carrying the listener on a journey of discovery and celebration.

The work of Kahurangi is distinctive, with each performance drawing its strength from full voice harmonies, dynamic choreography and passionate dance interpretation.

Kahurangi is based in Hastings, New Zealand in the territory of the Ngati Kahungunu tribe on the East Coast of the North Island. This tribe is the third largest and covers the second largest geographical region. Through a shared ancestry Ngati Kahungunu can trace their roots to Hawaiki in the Marquesas Islands, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and to four tribes in Northland, Tauranga, Gisborne and the South Island.

Their touring programmes annually incorporate USA, Canada, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand with performances at festivals, schools, embassies and many official performances on behalf of the New Zealand Government.


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Kahurangi : Maori : 1 CD :  : EUCD1726

Kahurangi : Maori

Review: Maori waiata (songs and chants) and haka (dances) sung a cappella and accompanied. Kahurangi's performances present various aspect of Maori culture. The songs and dances performed are part of the history and fabric of Maori life. The colourful booklet gives extensive information about the cultural background to the songs and dances, illustrated with many photos.

Songlist: Pinepine Te Kura, Ka Ngaru, E Ko Te Kautoki, Papaki (Haka Poi), Haka Hou, Kuini Ripeka, Rongomaiwahine, Ngao Tu (Haka Rakau), E Papa (Tititorea), Aotearoa, Titimatahi (Tititorea), Ka Pine, Ko Wai Te Tangata, Ko Wai Ka Hua, Patu, Anei Ra, Manhinaarangi, Ko Te Amorangi, Te Kore, Ana Lei (Samoa), Kuiti (Cook Islands), Kua Rongo Mai, Korimako (Haka Poi), Pokarekare Ana

9887c | 1 CD | $14.98 | Primarily a cappella Music from the Pacific Islands

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