by Ariana Tikao

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To celebrate the inaugural Māori Music Month, Kāi Tahu singer Ariana Tikao is releasing her new single Whakatuwheratia recorded and produced by Trinity Roots’ Ben Lemi Wood who also provides backing vocals on the track.

“It has an uplifting theme, and calls upon us all to give ourselves the permission to be inspired, and to not hold ourselves back. We have loads of examples in our history of tīpuna who ‘stepped up’ to make a difference, and the message of this waiata is to be open to allow ourselves to do the same” said Ariana. “I believe this is already happening within Māoridom, ordinary people doing some stunning work”.

Earlier this year Ariana was a featured singer in John Psathas’s international masterpiece No Man’s Land, alongside World Music luminaries Meeta Pandit and Serj Tankian.

Last month Ariana signed with music publisher Songbroker, and recently performed at the Purapurawhetū event in Wellington with her new band. She will be performing at the Christchurch Art Gallery on 28 August, in honour of fellow Kāi Tahu artist Fiona Pardington.

For more information go to www.arianatikao.com


Lyrics and translation of Whakatuwheratia:

Whiti ora ki te whaiao
ki te ao mārama e
Tīhei mauri ora
Tīhei mauri ora e

Tēnei te wā
Kua whakawātea
Tēnei te wā
Kua whakawātea
Tō hinekaro
Te kūaha a roto

Whakatuwheratia, whakatuwheratia

Tēnei te wā
Kia whakatinanahia
Tēnei te wā
Kia whakatinanahia
Te whakaaro
Kia mīharo
Kia whakarewa
Kia whakahihiko

Whakatuwheratia, whakatuwheratia

Whiti ora ki te whaiao
ki te ao mārama e
Tīhei mauri ora
Tīhei mauri ora e

Written by Ariana Tikao ©2015

Shine forth into the light, into the world of light/understanding
The sneeze of life
The initiation of the life force which lives on

This is the time
The way has been cleared
Open your mind
Open the door inside your mind

Whakatuwheratia/open/open up
This is the time to make real
what has already been thought
To amaze, to elevate
To inspire


released August 12, 2016


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Ariana Tikao Wellington, New Zealand

NZ's folk-world Maori songstress with three acclaimed albums, Whaea, Tuia & From Dust to Light.

“…a magical and at times mystical trip… like being bundled up in a big feather cloak and transported to another world”. Scott Kara, Weekend Herald.

“Tikao’s cultural heritage permeates this fine album with the true spirit of Aotearoa” Seth Jordon, Songlines, UK
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