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  • artist:WAI
  • featured artist:WAI
  • region:Polynesia
  • release year:2010
  • style(s):Electronic, Maori
  • country:New Zealand
  • formats:CD (Compact Disc),
  • record submitted by:KAPA Productions
  • label:Minaaka Music
  • publisher:Minaaka Music


In memory of the late great Charlie Gillett, WAI dedicate the opening track, Tuhia Te Ha to the man who shared our music with the world through the airwaves.

Moe mai e Charlie, moe mai i roto i te moengaroa, e kore matou e wareware.

Te Reo (the Maori language) with its eloquence, natural rhythm, flow and percussiveness and Poi rhythms are the root and inspiration.

WAI ORA celebrates the birth of our son Uta Te Whanga. We decided the album should celebrate being alive and the joy that he’s brought us. WAI ORA also refers to survival, we hope the album connects and inspires those who face hardship and doubt to survive. It also refers to our personal decision to make music and follow our hearts to survive.”

Mina believes Uta Te Whanga’s existence continues the ancient sacred pattern of universal unity that ties us all into the fabric of life.