“The tanks were still burning along the roads when we came
in. People said, ‘You’re crazy going there!’ And we said, ‘We’ve just
been to Vietnam, what are you talking about, this is nothing!” Mahora Peters, on the Mâori Volcanics tour to Israel
The Mâori Volcanics and master of ceremonies Frankie Stevens
headline this special tribute to the Mâori showbands in a celebration
created especially for the Festival.
The Mâori 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
Mâori 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
Mâori Allstars, headed by musical director Manny Abrahams and
entertainers Frankie Stevens and Waimihi Hotere. The second half will
feature the Mâori Volcanics, one of the greatest of the Mâori
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 Zealand’s music history.
MC/Performer – Frankie Stevens
Performer – Waimihi Hotere
The Mâori Volcanics
The Mâori Allstars