The WAI Family
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  • artist:The WAI Family
  • featured artist:WAI
  • region:Polynesia
  • release year:2000
  • style(s):Electronic, Maori
  • country:New Zealand
  • formats:Audio File / Digital, CD (Compact Disc)
  • record posted by:Minaaka Limited
  • label:Minaaka Music
  • publisher:Minaaka Music


Māori Electronica Roots

Profound personal events provided the creative catalyst for WAI.

WAI perform entirely in the Māori language and utilize a Māori style of presenting our music not only in the structure and fusion of our music but also in the delivery of our live show.

WAI is refreshing music, flowing with emotion, rich with soulful melodies, beating with complex rhythms.

WAI creates a uniquely organic sound that looks both backward and forwards at the same time while sounding utterly unlike any other sound on this blue planet. Add Mina’s richly expressive, sad and unassuming, almost meditative, vocals, all sung in her native Māori tongue, and you have one of the only “world music” albums that actually speaks honestly and meaningfully of our place in the universe.

It’ll take you a couple of listens to fully appreciate the depth and beauty of WAI’s creation, so different is it from anything else around. But the sounds are seductive.

This is the stuff of life itself, and WAI does their subject proud, with a direct-from-the-heart approach.