Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura

Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura Live
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura


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  • country:New Zealand
  • region:Auckland
  • style(s):Maori, Global Beats
  • label:Ruru Records Ltd
  • type:Band, Composer/Songwriter, Trio, Music Theatre Production
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:vocal, a cappella, electronic, percussion, visual, singer songwriter, guitar
  • artist posted by:Māmā Mihirangi & The Māreikura

Line up

  • Hinerongonui Kingi (Kapa Haka Dancer, Traditional Dance & Weaponry)
  • Jacinta Bernard (Kapa Haka Dancer, Traditional Dance & Weaponry)
  • Māmā Mihirangi (Vocals, Traditional Instruments, Keys, Drums, Bass)



Songlines Magazine UK by Marc Fournier March 2019
“New Zealand’s Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura took the stage by storm with a powerful show of stunning contemporary Māori music, dance, instruments, language, stories and costumes. The queen of live loops is back in force after a break from touring and this new show is her best yet”.

A powerful and fierce all-female Māori world-roots production lead by internationally renowned artist/activist and “Queen of Loops”, Māmā Mihirangi. Weaving ancient chants with intricate harmonies, traditional & contemporary instruments, beats & deep bass, all being innately familiar but all of it incredibly unique. The Māreikura are her traditional female dancers who present the virtues of feminine power and inspiring cultural identity with the Women’s haka, traditional weaponry and Māori martial arts combined into a contemporary cultural performance that is informative, inclusive and truly inspiring.

BMA Magazine Australia by Katherine Quinn
“It's clear that Mihi places great importance on having a genuine connection with her fans, using her lyrics to communicate subjects that are important to her and central to Maori culture.”

With grace, fierceness, warmth and humour, Mihirangi’s lyrics poetically celebrate the values, lore, medicines and customs of her lineage and culture, uplifting her audience with her naturalness, infectious laughter and fearless authenticity. Her new show invokes and expresses the strength and spirit of the feminine in the full spectrum of it’s power from raw vulnerability to Indigenous disciplines that powerfully lend themselves to the global equality of feminine expression, empowerment and freedom. A musical journey of the soul that travels back through the ancient lines and melodies of lineages that connect us all. 

Ali Campbell, UB40
"She's just brilliant with a capital 'B'! In the 30 years I've toured the world I've never seen anything like her… she belongs on stage.”

Speech, Arrested Development 
“Mihirangi has got locked down a whole new way of doing music... it’s going to revolutionise us as artists”

On the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance of Mother Nature's Guardians, for the last two years Mihirangi and the AMNG has been addressing the World Governments, the UN and the International community as Ambassador’s for the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, encouraging indigenous values into legislation. Mihirangi has performed for and with fellow artist activists Arrested Development, Lee Scratch Perry, John Butler, Blue King Brown, Michael Franti, Public Enemy, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Dixie Chicks.

Australian Music Mag by Greg Phillips April 2019
“One of the most talked about bands at the event (Bluesfest Australia). Visually stunning and beautiful sounding”

Inspiring audiences across the globe, and celebrated for introducing her country to the art of live-looping, Mihirangi returned home back to her Ancestral land, learnt her language, raised a family and created Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura. After a highly successful first tour in Canada in 2018, they were invited to showcase at the worlds largest folk, roots and world music conference in February. This performance was amongst over 4000 showcases and was listed by Songlines Magazine (UK) as one of the top 3 live performances to have been seen. Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura just performed at the Byron Bay Bluesfest for their 30th Anniversary to critical acclaim…

The ABC Australia by Dan Condon 21 April 2019
“Not only had I never seen Mama Mihirangi and the Mareikura, I’d never really seen anything quite like them… Mama Mihirangi has a voice of both immense power and beauty. Those big notes were complete showstoppers”.

Festivals, Music & News by Pip Andreas 19 April 2019
“A visually stunning performance. With pitch perfect harmonies, their ancient spiritual roots combined with contemporary electronica R & B were delivered with political missives”.

Australian Musician Apr 20, 2019
“Having seen Mihirangi more than decade ago at a music trade show playing solo with just a loop pedal, today’s extravaganza was a revelation. Gorgeous harmonies and a visually stunning performance”.

13th Floor NZ by Kendall Elise 2019
“Mama Mihi is a master live looper, and seamlessly blends contemporary beats and technology with Maori instruments, language, costumes and dance. Seeing strong, passionate Mana Wahine repping Tā Moko, performing Haka and skilful Tītī Tōrea on an international stage made my eyes well up in another moment of pride”.

The Music Australia by Lauren Baxter , Nicolas Huntington 22 April 2019 |
“It’s a powerful set so early in the day, Māmā Mihi’s voice especially so. Between filming a video of the audience saying hello to her daughter and the unfurling of a 'Stop Adani' banner, we leave feeling re-energised by the looping magic”.