Te Atiawa, Ngāti Porou, Ngāruahinerangi
Starting off as a DJ spinning tunes on the turn tables in some of Wellington’s clubs, Noels whānau have always been musical and he grew up close to Waiwhetu marae and around improvisation in garages and parties.
After watching Fat Freddy’s Drop in 2005, he was inspired to create a band with his uncles and cousins which debuted at the 2006 Parihaka International Peace Festival.
Having a huge passion for Te Reo Māori, saw the band perform only in Te Reo Māori. They also incorporated haka and traditional instruments with contemporary sounds.
Later in 2006 Noel produced an album named 'Te Wharau' in the hope of revitalising old waiata from within the papakainga of Waiwhetu as well as adding, new waiata Māori compositions.
The following years would see the band perform at all the Parihaka Peace Festivals as well as Te Rā o te Raukura.
During this time, Noel also joined the band 'Chantdown' led by the late vocalist, Ngahekenga O Carroll.
Te Reo Māori, tikanga and community has always been at the forefront for Woods. His passion for this led him to become an event manager & artistic creator running events such as Te Rā o te Raukura, Newtown Festival, Summer in the Dowse, Te Awe Māori Business Networks Cultural Experience as well directing and producing the whakatau for Wellington’s largest community festival Cuba Dupa.
2017 saw the release of the self titled album from the band, 'Grove Roots' which was nominated for six Waiata Māori Music Awards.
In 2019, Grove Roots launched their second album called, 'Waka' which was nominated for four Waiata Māori Music Awards.
Nowadays you can see Noel jamming drums and percussion for Grove Roots and artists - Sianne Dougherty, Amba Holly, Pere Wihongi and Maaka Fiso.
Noel is the key song writer and manager for 'Grove Roots' and is also a:
Radio Announcer/Producer – Atiawa Toa FM Radio & Te Upoko o te Ika
Audio & Visual Director/Producer & Artist Management – T.A Productions LTD
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