WAI | Maori Electronica from New Zealand
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021 at 12 Noon (ET)
How to watch...
You can interact with the artist via text chat exclusively on Facebook during and immediately after the premiere:
Mina Ripia and Maaka Phat lead the family based Māori Electronica Roots band WAI. WAI is the Māori word for water and is also Mina's birth name. As a band, WAI presents a startlingly original combination of the ancient and the modern, weaving the Māori language with its natural percussive flow and the percussive performing art known as Poi with synths and drums, creating a sound that is at once Maori and global. Performing entirely in the Māori language, WAI also takes a Māori approach to presenting their music in the delivery of their live show. They also appeal to others, attempting to cross all boundaries of language, age, colour, race, or creed. They have performed widely in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, alongside world music stars such as At Adau, Nitin Sawhney, BLACKFIRE, Yat-Kha, Ojos de Brujo, Manu Chao, Yasmin Levy, Mariza, Trio Mocotó and ADJÁGAS, to name a few.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2021 concerts will stream on the American Folklife Center’s Facebook page, Wednesdays from March 10 - September. Artists will be present in the chat area to say hello and answer questions during the concert and for a few minutes after it ends. Video will also be posted online here and on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.