Māmā Mihi is Mihirangi, world-renowned as Aotearoa NZ's Artist Activist and the Queen of Live Loops. A songstress with a tool-box full of musical and innovative magic, she weaves live loops of vocals, intricate harmonies, using the taonga puoro (traditional instruments), guitar, keyboards, world percussion and adding in beat-boxing, drums and earth shaking bass lines with lyrics that melodically and poetically speak to indigenous and environmental issues. Supported by the dance, vocals and performance of the Mareikura, recognized as female supernatural beings, the show is a colourful event of traditional and contemporary Maori culture celebrating the power and talent of our Maori women.
The Mareikura are both competitive kapahaka traditional performers and teachers of their language, culture and haka. Rita is highly talented in traditional poi and mau-rakau, Maori weapons and martial arts; Tiana is a stunning and passionate contemporary Maori dancer, with a background in haka theatre and contemporary dance. Together they have performed on many festival stages and have professionally competed regionally and nationally for Te Taha Tu, a traditional Maori Performing Arts group.