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Te Kahureremoa Taumata

Composer, Performer

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Biography

Ko Ngai Te Upokoiri, Ngāti Hinemanu, Ngāti Manunui ōku hapu Ko Ngāti Kahungunu, Ko Ngāti Tuwharetoa ōku iwi Ko Te Kahureremoa Tiopira Taumata tōku ingoa

Te Kahureremoa Taumata is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, singer, composer, storyteller, tāonga pūoro practitioner, visual artist and video maker. based in Te Whanga-nui-ā-Tara.

Her musical compositions have featured across many platforms including film, theatre, educational resources, art installations, and live performances.

Te Kahureremoa has spent many years carving out her own space as an indigenous musician with a diverse range of skills and unique style performing under the alias 'Ladyfruit'. The music is the expression of her world as well a response to mainstream pop music's vapid values, fusing dreamy vocals and layered lyrics with electronic and ancient instruments bringing Ladyfruit's musical style to life. Te Kahureremoa also makes music under her given name, following her passion for her indigenous identity with love for languages, te reo pūoro and te reo Māori.

"It is truly a labour of love to bring creations using these languages to life for whānau, communities and arts practice" - Te Kahureremoa

Te Kahureremoa has also spent many years developing her style and space as an indigenous storyteller, and is apart of storytelling duo ​"Timotimo​". "Timotimo" travel across Aotearoa delivering their storytelling performances to schools, kura kaupapa and community spaces using the tools and philosophies of Te Whare Tapere, with which to build the storytelling world and carefully chosen kōrero pūrakau, to impart scientific/historical knowledge and life lessons.

Performing as part of singing groups "​OKK​" an all female singing & comedy crew, and ​"E Kō​" a duo with sister Oriwia, the practice as a musician and writer is an extension to work as a visual artist, creating paintings and video to accompany words and songs.

Highlight Reel

  • Composed 20 soundscapes to accompany school resources for M3: a Mindfulness programme for schools. 2019

  • E Kō (her sister band) was recently featured on Ngā Tui ā Rēhua singer series for Te Karere 2019.

  • Keynote speakers at NZEI’s South Island teachers conference and National conference where Timotimo presented their mahi and the role storytelling plays in education. 2018

  • Sound design for HINE theatre show 2016-17.

  • Scriptwriter and presenter for the Te Reo Māori children's’ television show Huhu. 2 seasons, 105 episodes. 2015-2016

  • Composer, concept developer, and actor for modern dance show ‘Meander On’ featured in this years Wellington Fringe Festival.

  • As a Stortyteller has worked in over 250 schools and kura kaupapa across Aotearoa.