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Maisey Rika

Composer, Performer

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Hailing from the serene shores of the East Coast of the North Island it’s no surprise Maisey’s music has moulded to bring such elegance that resonates beauty. A mix of Māori, folk, acoustic, soul and easy listening, her musical palette is vibrant with elements of roots and deep culture.

From Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe, Te Arawa and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui whakapapa on her mother’s side and Samoan on her father’s side, Maisey began singing at a professional level from very early on in her life, having recorded several Māori albums before finishing her high school years when she was the star soloist in E Hine, an album of classical Māori songs by the St Joseph’s Māori Girls College choir that went double platinum and won Best Mana Reo Album at the New Zealand Music Awards in 1998. The accolades and applause have kept coming, for both the voice and heartfelt songs that reflect her love of te reo and strong social conscience.

Now Maisey has another four original albums to add to her name, all of which have received accolades in the NZTop40 album charts and at music awards around the country. Her songs are filled with touching tales and the universal emotions of hardship, happiness, love, justice and sorrow we can all relate to.

Tohu and her self-titled EP explore many different arrangement styles. The ancestral sounds of traditional Māori instruments have been used alongside energetic guitars, drums, animated horn sections and pure string sections. Whitiora is the highest charting original Te Reo Māori album to ever be released in Aotearoa. Tira, her most recent release, features many talented Aotearoa vocalists such as Hinewehi Mohi, Tama Waipara, Rob Ruha, Troy Kingi, Modern Māori Quartet, Beau Monga, The Hato Hohepa Choir and other vocal powerhouses with the underlying theme of joy and praise. Maisey rewrote some traditional Xmas songs into Te Reo Māori, making them to suit the times and relevance to Aotearoa for Tira.

Maisey has toured the world sharing her music, Māori culture and stories with thousands in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, UK, Europe, America and China.

Performances have put her on stage with many renowned artists such as India Arie, Grammy Winner George Kahumoku Jr., Dave Dobbyn, Stan Walker and many more. She has also opened for multi-Grammy winners The Blind Boys of Alabama and John Legend.

Maisey’s music has featured on movies and TV series and she has also written songs for several TV placements. In 2017 Maisey played a very important role for the opening of Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay theme park in Orlando, Florida.

From hard work, perseverance and passion mixed with her strong heritage, eclectic songs and honey-stung vocals, Maisey’s music has traversed the world, from Aotearoa shores into international hearts.

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