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Mori Showbands - Taking on the World

Māori Showbands - Taking on the World

New Zealand

The tanks were still burning along the roads when we came in. People said, Youre crazy going there! And we said, Weve just been to Vietnam, what are you talking about, this is nothing! Mahora Peters, on the Mori Volcanics tour to Israel
The Mori Volcanics and master of ceremonies Frankie Stevens headline this special tribute to the Mori showbands in a celebration created especially for the Festival.
The Mori showbands were a generation of performers that exploded onto the New Zealand music scene during the 50s and 60s. They drew on many styles rhythm and blues, Hawaiian music, show tunes but they were much more than dance bands, reaching audiences with a mix of off-beat comedy, clever stage routines and displays of distinctively Mori song and dance. As highly skilled musicians and singers, they went on to make their mark on the world stage where they were acclaimed for their talent and unique entertainment style.
The first half will feature a special ten-piece tribute band, The Mori Allstars, headed by musical director Manny Abrahams and entertainers Frankie Stevens and Waimihi Hotere. The second half will feature the Mori Volcanics, one of the greatest of the Mori showbands, in a special return season from their base in Sydney. Performing songs from the 50s to the 90s, this concert allows a glimpse into the showbands influence on many established and up-and-coming New Zealand musicians today.
The Wellington Town Hall will be transformed with cabaret style seating, allowing the audience to dance, cheer and celebrate this momentous era in New Zealands music history.
MC/Performer Frankie Stevens
Performer Waimihi Hotere
The Mori Volcanics
The Mori Allstars
If this event interests you, our Artistic Director also recommends Tuwhare, The National Bank Festival Club Music Gigs, Orchestra Baobab, Battalion and King and Country.
Photo credit: Nuki Waaka

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Event Dates
04 Mar, 8:00pm
05 Mar, 8:00pm

2 hrs [incl. interval]


Venue info, how to get there and contact details:

Wellington Town Hall


A Friend$55.00
B Friend$45.00


Ticketek (04) 384 3840

Venue Info