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Maori ShowbandsTe Papa's First On-Line Exhibition

29 November 2004

Maori Showbands, Te Papa's first on-line exhibition is being launched on 4 December.

This exhibition celebrates the musical phenomenon of the 1950s and 60s when a generation of multi-talented performers took their unique blend of popular music and Maori culture from New Zealand to the world.

Visitors to Maori Showbands will experience an insight into the sensational rise of the showbands through stories, photographs, quotes, scrapbook memories, music and film clips. The parade of singers, musicians, and bands profiled include such greats as the Maori Hi Five, the Maori Hi Quins, the Quin Tikis, the Maori Premiers, Maori Volcanics and the Howard Morrison Quartet.

The roots of the showbands are explored through Maori musical traditions and kapa haka concert parties. The exhibition also highlights notable musical forebears in the popular entertainment field such as Epi Shalfoon, Ana Hato, the Tahiwi whanau, and Ruru Karaitiana.

Visitors will learn about the influences that have shaped popular Maori music. The styles that were drawn on such as - rhythm and blues, Hawaiian music, show tunes, even music hall comedy to create their own unique genre.

The Maori Showbands website is being launched on Saturday 4 December, 1.30pm, followed by a panel discussion. Visitors will hear musicians talk about their showband experiences and will enjoy a live performance. Soundings Theatre, Level 2, Free entry.

To celebrate the launch of the website, Te Papa presents The Maori Volcanics and Rim D Paul with friends reuniting for a one-time only concert. Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Saturday 4 December at 7.30pm. Tickets available from all Ticketek outlets.

Maori Showbands, Te Papa's first online exhibition is being launched on 4 December 2004.


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