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Reti Hedley

Composer, Performer, Māori Composer

Biography

Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Reti was mentored by his late mother Rangiiria Hedley. Rangiiria was a renowned taonga pūoro artist and lecturer at the university of Waikato. She passed on her cultural and practical knowledge of taonga pūoro and Te Reo Māori to Reti.

Reti Hedley is an experienced and established musician, composer and audio producer. He is most recognised as a key member of New Zealand band 'Knights of the Dub Table'. During his time with this band, Reti has composed and produced one full album and four extended play records. Knights of the Dub Table have toured nationally and internationally and were nominated for a Maori Music Award. Many of their songs have received air play on NZ TV and Radio.

Reti is now exploring new frontiers with taonga pūoro creating indigenous soul music in a band called IA. His compositions blend old with new and feature the voices found with traditional Māori instruments/taonga puoro.

The puoro voices are blended with modern instruments, ancient poetic writing style and modern soulful melodies. His composing style is unique, using taonga pūoro as the driving force in his creative process.