Modern Māori Quartet Announce Debut Studio Album That’s Us!

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Modern Māori Quartet Announce Debut Studio Album That’s Us!

New Zealand’s favourite showband, Modern Mãori Quartet, are reaching out to fans with their first crowdfunding campaign in support of their album debut, That’s Us! along with special performances from New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

That's Us Tour goes around Aotearoa from February to March, kicking off in Napier before making their way to Auckland, Whangarei, Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch. The tour then heads down to New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Tauranga, Rotorua and Gisborne.

As band member Matariki Whatarau explains, “We’ve been singing covers for years and you know, we thought... why not?! The spirit of this album comes from the Māori garage party, reminiscent of the parties of years gone by when someone would pick up a guitar and the music would flow.”

“We strongly believe that real stories told with truth and conviction should be at the forefront of who we are – and that’s exactly what we set out to do with the creation of our first album.”

That’s Us! will feature all original waiata (songs) written by Modern Māori Quartet and accompanied by some of New Zealand’s most talented musicians including Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper (Co-Producer/Strings), Dixon Nacey (Guitar), Chris O'Connor (Drums), Thabani Gapara (Saxophone), Andy Cochrane (Keyboard), Awhimai Fraser (Vocals) and Temuera Morrison (Vocals).

Fellow bandmate Francis Kora promises, “We've been very blessed throughout the writing and recording process - receiving an amazing amount of support and aroha (love) from a host of amazingly, talented people. We have no doubt because of this tautoko (support) the 'That’s Us!' album will be a success.”

In return for fans’ generosity, the fullas of Modern Māori Quartet have come up with some unique offerings as rewards; from tea towels to whisky tastings, song covers to private backyard gigs! All āwhina (help) and aroha will make a difference and the band are offering an online album credit and their eternal gratefulness for all contributions, no matter how small.

So go ahead now and share the word, message your friends, tell your whānau (family), share the aroha!