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Ten Guitars by Ten Good Wa

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25 February, 2013
Ten Guitars by Ten Good Wa’
Auckland Arts Festival show brings together some of the
very best female strummers in Aotearoa

I had a band of men and all they did was give me grief
They spent all of my money and drank all my tea leaf
They thought I was a pretty face and rubbish on guitar
I proved them wrong and in their place I found these…Ten Good Wa.

On Saturday March 16, as part of Auckland Arts Festival’s world premiere music extravaganza Everything is Ka Pai, ten of the country’s hottest musicians will be bringing back to life the iconic Kiwi anthem Ten Guitars. The catch? The song that opens “I have a band of men and all they do is play for me” is being performed by an all-girl band lead by popular New Zealand singer-songwriter Anika Moa.

Ten Good Wa is a contemporary revival of the famous 1960s Engelbert Humperdinck hit, that has been adapted and curated by Moa. She’s gathered a group of some of the very best guitarists and string players in Aotearoa, including singer-songwriter Julia Deans (The Adults, Fur Patrol); bass player Marika Hodgson (Sons of Zion, Anika/Boh/Hollie); Tui Award finalist Mel Parsons; folk, rock and jazz guitarist Karen Hunter; ukulele player Selina Patia (Will Crummer and the Rarotongans); and New Zealand’s all-female “Black Quartet” – Jess Hindin (violin), Peau Halapua (violin), Rachel Wells (cello) and Iselta Allison (viola).

Everything is Ka Pai is a brilliant one-off concert in which classic Kiwi anthems take centre stage. From Blue Smoke to Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi, 60s and 70s chart toppers and famous waiata are redressed in all their finery by some of New Zealand’s most admired contemporary musicians including Annie and Will Crummer, The Yoots, Hinewehi Mohi, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ Choir, winners of this year’s Te Matatini, Te Waka Huia, the Modern Maori Quartet and the Auckland Ratana Brass Band.

The night is MCed by the hilarious Pio Terei and Waimihi Hōtere, and promises a special visit from the legendary John Rowles.

Everything is Ka Pai Producer, Tama Waipara, says, “If the epic line up for Everything is Ka Pai wasn’t exciting enough, the addition of these seriously talented musos takes it to another level again. New Zealand is renowned for producing extraordinary female singer-songwriters, so we are thrilled Anika has invited such a dynamic group of women to the stage for our event.”

Show Everything is Ka Pai
Where Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
When Saturday 16 March, 8pm
Duration 2h incl interval
Price Premium $77 / Friends/Conc/Group $71; Premium downstairs table (6 seats) $426; A Res $65 / Friend/Conc/Group $59; A Res downstairs table (6 seats) $354; B Res $55 / Friend/Conc/Group $50; B Res downstairs table (6 seats) $300; C Res $35
Bookings Book at THE EDGE: / 09 357 3355 / 0800 289 842
Group bookings: / 09 357 3354

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Twitter: @Aklfestival


Performers: The Yoots, Annie Crummer, Maisey Rika, Anika Moa, Will Crummer and The Rarotongans, Ria Hall, Seth Haapu, Hinewehi Mohi, Te Waka Huia, St Joseph's Māori Girls' School Choir, the Auckland Ratana Brass Band, John Rowles
Hosts: Pio Terei and Waimihi Hotere
Producer/Music Supervisor: Tama Waipara
Line Producer: Anahera Higgins
With support from Creative New Zealand, ASB Community Trust and Pacific As March 2013

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