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Ariana Tikao

Launch of ‘Whakatuwheratia’ single

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Today I am launching my new single ‘Whakatuwheratia’. Here is some info about it and where you can get it! Link to ‘Whakatuwheratia’: https://arianatikao.bandcamp.com/track/whakatuwheratia 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[…]

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Ariana Tikao signs to Songbroker

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Exciting news! I have just signed with Songbroker as my new publisher, and I am looking forward to working with the fabulous Jan Hellriegal, Mahoney Harris, and other members of the team who are helping New Zealand songwriters to find licensing opportunities for their music. See their website for details.

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Singing in ‘No Man’s Land’

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I am really excited to be a featured singer in the epic ‘love-letter to peace’ which is John Psathas’ ‘No Man’s Land’. I met John about a year ago, and didn’t quite know how huge and amazing this project was when I first was asked to join in. This is what it says on the project’s website by way of an introduction: “Acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas, ONZM is leading the creation of a ground breaking new cinematic performance in commemoration of the First World War.  Musicians descended from opposing forces of the Great War will be brought together on the battlefields of WWI in an original composition.  These musical collaborations will be fused into a unique 70 minute film, to be projected alongside live musicians on-stage.  All musicians, live and virtual, will perform as one epic global orchestra”. My part was filmed last November out at Whitireia. It was a[…]