This incredible reworking of the third instalment of Troy Kingi's aspirational 10|10|10 Series (ten albums in ten genres in ten years) will be released this Matariki (Māori New Year), and is a deeply personal project for Troy.
This is more than a translation, but a complete reworking of the album from a Māori world view, including brand new recordings of tracks such as Turūkanīnī. It has also been an opportunity for Troy and long time production partner TeMatera Smith to revisit production decisions and make tweaks and changes for the keen of ear.
The 2019 English release of ‘Holy Colony Burning Acres’, won the prestigious 2020 Taite Music Prize, and a nomination for the coveted Silver Scroll Award for ‘Mighty Invader’. The album also earned Kingi two awards at the 2019 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards – Best Roots Album, and for a second consecutive year, Best Māori Artist.
Associate Professor Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots / Little Bushmen) (Ngāti Whare / Ngāi Te Riu / Ngāti Rākaipaaka / Ngāi Tūkairangi) writes about this record ~
"Like many of us on the journey of re-connecting with whakapapa, I feel extremely fortunate to have been given numerous opportunities and invitations to grow into and embrace the fertile, holistic plenitudes of Te Aō Māori.
Troy's lyric citing hīnātore as a metaphor for hope in a hopeless situation (He Kākano), sparked my own reflections on the numerous ongoing challenges of iwi taketake (indigenous peoples) around the world, and the sustained campaigning against systemic hegemony. One korero tells us that Hīnātore (phosphorous light) was the first piercing glimmer out of the dark expanse of the nothingness (Te Kore), that our Ātua saw when Tāne separated Ranginui (Sky Father) from Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). It is generous, ngakau nui creations like this album that collectively pierce through the din for ALL of us to embrace and reflect.
The entire album is imbued with a multi-layered, conscious celebration of all things Indigenous; from the joyous collage or linguistic chaos of ’Taku Taku (Tower of Babylon), to the tasty eudaemonic ‘dubs’; a homage to Lee Scratch Perry scattered throughout. This piercing glimmer and celebrated continuum of indigeneity could not be any more celebrated in this stunning yet hearty collection of songs and story telling. To weave all of the threads of sublime production, with the highest calibre of exquisite musicianship and lyrical inteniont of a taiaha is no easy feat. In this album (and all his others!) Troy delivers. 'E hara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa taki tini’. In Te Ao Māori, individual actions and considerations are for the benefit of the many. And in this increasingly, fast-paced, dynamic world, our brother Troy makes time for us all. He invests his creative energies and aroha for us all. We mihi back to him and his beautiful whanau, and acknowledge their collective aroha embodied within this taonga, ‘Pū Whenua Hautapu Eka Mumura’. And because this album comes from the ngakau (heart), in my humble opinion, it soars high above any music industry metric. It pierces through the thick, multi-layered din of distraction and reminds us that through shared knowledge comes collective understanding, and from collective understanding comes kotahitanga / togetherness.'
released June 24, 2022
All Songs written by Troy Kingi (Pseudo Ego Troy Kingi and Rob Ruha)
Troy Kingi Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Bass
Treye Liu Drums
Marika Hodgson Bass
Hani Totorewa Keys
Guy Harrison Trumpet
Nina Joyce BV
Rachel Hall BV
Additional Piano and Keys Brendan Zwaan
Guitar solo (Glass Eel) Tyna Keelan
Guest Vocals Melodownz
Kipa Munro ~ Maori
Domingo Candelario ~ Spanish
Trwar Max (1942) Cheif of Ireeuw Clan ~ West Papua
Julia Corciulo ~ Indonesian
Hana Tapiata ~ Maori
Jarulah Slabb ~ Aboriginal
TePuawaitanga Silich ~ Maori Karanga
Natty Salaimanu ~ Solomon Islands
Shahab Ramhormozian ~ Iranian
Shirley Tubbs ~ English
Recorded at RedRoom Studios NZ ~ Auckland
Produced and Recorded by Troy Kingi and TeMatera Smith
Assistant Engineer Jamie Crerar
Field Recording (voices) Brendan Zwaan
Extra Engineering by Ryan Prebble at COCA Massey University in Wellington
Mixed by TeMatera Smith, Jamie Crerar and Troy Kingi
Mastered by Chris Chetland (KOG)
Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui)
Described by the New Zealand Music
Commission as “Our Northland Treasure”, Kingi rose to fame after the release of his first two multi-award-winning albums ‘Guitar Party at Uncles Bach’ and ‘Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron'....more
supported by 25 fans who also own “Pū Whenua Hautapu, Eka Mumura”
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Really great album from Mara TK. Can easily listen to it on repeat. Favorites include: Highly Medicated, Grew Up Inna Chaos, Bad Meditation, Colours. Do yourself a favor and buy it now! Louis