A band that needs little introduction, Grove Roots has been a staple on the Aotearoa music scene since 2005. Te reo Māori is at the heart of their music, drawing on popular musical genres styles fusing together Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul to portray their message.
The bands origins are in Waiwhetū, their name reflects this with Grove coming from the street Noel grew up on Puketapu Grove and their Roots being in Waiwhetū, hence the name Grove Roots.
Noel Woods (Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Porou), says the band had a good year in 2017 performing at many concerts and Ahurei around the country as well as performing at the Maori Music Awards and Ngā Tohu Reo Māori, plus producing new material.
“I tito mātou ngā waiata hou. I tēnei tau e toru ngā waiata mai te pene, hei tērā tau e maha ngā waiata e whai ake nei,” says Woods.
The waiata Kia ora te reo Māori is a song to encourage Māori to learn te reo as it will be lost.
“Mihi ana ki te kōhanga reo ki te kura kaupapa ki ngā whare wānanga e manaaki, tiaki i tō tātou reo Māori, Nō reira koira te kaupapa o tērā waiata kia ora te reo kōrerotia te reo i te ao i te pō,” says Woods.
Their second song Kōrerotia carries a similar message of encourages people to use te reo Māori every day and every year.
Looking ahead to 2018 the band plan to finish their new Album and travel.
Woods says, “Ko te tino hiahia ki te haere atu ki tētahi atu motu, ki te waiata i tō tātou reo rangatira. Koira te tino hiahia o te rōpū Grove Roots. Ki te rere tō tātou reo.”
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