Sunday, August 18, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
143 Parks Rd.
St. Johnsbury, VT
Genre: Soulful World Roots Dance and Loops - Original
Home Town: AOTEAROA - New Zealand
ALL FEMALE MĀORI SOULFUL WORLD ROOTS, DANCE, BEATS & BASS LOOPS
“New Zealand’s Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura took the stage by storm with a powerful show of stunning contemporary Māori music, dance, instruments, language, stories and costumes. The queen of live loops is back in force after a break from touring and this new show is her best yet”. Songlines Magazine 2019
A powerfully fierce all-female Māori world-roots production lead by internationally renowned artist/activist and “Queen of Loops”, Māmā Mihirangi. Weaving ancient chants with intricate harmonies, traditional & contemporary instruments, beats & deep bass, some of it innately very familiar but all of it incredibly unique. The Māreikura are her traditional female dancers who present the virtues of feminine power and inspiring cultural identity with the Women’s haka, traditional weaponry and Māori martial arts combined into a contemporary cultural performance that is inclusive, informative and truly inspiring.
With grace, fierceness, warmth and humour, Mihirangi’s lyrics poetically celebrate the values, lore, medicines and customs of her lineage and culture, uplifting her audience with her naturalness, infectious laughter and fearless authenticity.
On the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance of Mother Nature's Guardians, for the last two years Mihirangi, along with members of the AMNG has been addressing the World Governments, the UN and the International community as Ambassador’s for the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, encouraging indigenous values into legislation. Mihirangi has performed for and with fellow artist activists Arrested Development, Lee Scratch Perry, John Butler, Blue King Brown, Michael Franti, Public Enemy, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Dixie Chicks.
Inspiring audiences across the globe, and celebrated for introducing her country to the art of live-looping, Mihirangi returned home, raised a family and created Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura. After a highly successful first tour in Canada in 2018, they were invited to showcase at the worlds largest folk, roots and world music conference in February this year. This performance was amongst over 4000 showcases and was listed this month by Songlines Magazine (UK) as one of the top 3 live performances to have been seen. Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura are performing at Bluesfest Byron Bay Australia for their 30th Anniversary.
“I was personally overcome by an incomprehensible powerful force emanating from three Māori women performing dance with looped percussion and vocals as Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura. Their mesmerising fractal flow and otherworldly theatrics invoked a rapturous level of being that only the purest music is able to conjure." Roots Music Canada.
“I left feeling more womanly and confident in response to their expression of ancient power” - Americana Highways.
“A female trio whose show was fierce and thrilling… a sonic cyclone of song and dance” - The Transcript Oklahoma.