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Troy Kingi confirms Matariki release for reo Māori album

Troy Kingi (photo by Mark Russell )

Troy Kingi has revealed that the reo Māori version of his third album Holy Colony Burning Acres will be released by Matariki. 

The announcement comes after the artist was named as the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award/Kaitito Kaiaka winner for his waiata All Your Ships Have Sailed on Thursday night.

Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) started working on the new version of Holy Colony Burning Acres while part of the Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency programme at Government House in 2020.

He worked alongside Komene Cassidy and Paulette Tamati-Elliffeon on translations.

Whenua Hautapu Eka Mumura is the album’s reo Māori title, which he shared with 1News on Friday, along with the Matariki release date. Read more of this kōrero on the 1 News website

Nikau (second from left in front row) with his cohort at Puketeraki marae. Nikau’s flatmate Nic Sinnott (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is in the centre holding a taiaha. Nic introduced Nikau to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

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