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Waiata / Anthems

Waiata / Anthems

Following on from the 2019 number one album, Waiata / Anthems, iconic musical artists from around Aotearoa translate and record their songs in te reo Māori, sharing untold stories of fear and discovery along the way.

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    Season 1, Episode 1

    PG Scared to sing in Māori, Hollie Smith wants to be braver. Alongside Don McGlashan, Hollie stands up to perform one of Aotearoa's most beloved songs.

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      PG Scared to sing in Māori, Hollie Smith wants to be braver. Alongside Don McGlashan, Hollie stands up to perform one of Aotearoa's most beloved songs.

      PG Recording the band's first ever waiata reo Māori, Katchafire's Logan Bell deals with familiar challenges many Māori face in reclaiming their language. He must confront his fears and the hurt caused by the loss of language.

      PG Following global success, Drax Project find a deeper connection with Aotearoa. Opening their hearts to the sounds of taonga pūoro, the band come to harness the true power of waiata reo Māori.

      PG Bic Runga shines light on her shadowed past of racial struggles, speaking for the first time about a defining moment when she felt the country had turned on her.

      PG Translating his well-known song into Māori pushes Avondale rapper MELODOWNZ beyond his comfort zone and deep into a life-changing family discovery he knew nothing about.

      PG Che Fu's song, Fade Away, written to honour a friendship, becomes a waiata of remembrance, 20 years since its release.

      PG Annie Crummer embraces her dyslexia and channels her inner diva to create a waiata, bringing together the sounds of Māori of Aotearoa and the Cook Islands.