Te Iti Kahurangi humbled by APRA Maioha Award nomination
From the haka stage to the music world, Kingi Kiriona is one of three finalists for the Maioha Award in tonight’s APRA Silver Scroll Awards. Last year, his group Te Iti Kahurangi released He Kura Kāinga: A Treasured Home, an album of their songs sung on the haka stage. They decided to use the composition Te Atua Whiowhio about Te Kooti Rikirangi's prophecy as a hip-hop song, earning them the nomination.
In an earlier interview, Kingi Kiriona says converting the 19th-century composition to hip-hop was not easy, and that he and Te Iti Kahurangi are all humbled by the nomination.
“E noho ana au, e noho ana mātou i runga i te ngākau whakaiti. otira matau i te ngaakau whakaiti. He whakamātautau tēnei, engari ko te hōnore nei kua riro mai nei i a mātou he momo whakanui i tērā māia o mātou kia raawekewekehia tērā haka ki ētahi āhuatanga o te ao pūoro.”
Other finalists for the award include the well-known Maisey Rika who is nominated for her song Taku Mana from her album Tira, as well as Alien Weaponry for their song Raupatu which released on 31 January this year.
The awards start tonight at 7 pm.