Entertainment Hive 2020

Modern Maori Quartet

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Banquet Room from June 9 to 11

Review by Honey B

Old school suave style meets cool beats and beautiful harmonies – it’s the Modern Maori Quartet. The immaculately dressed foursome - Maaka Pohatu, Francis Kora, Matariki Whatarau, and James Tito – charmed the audience from the outset with their offbeat humour and laidback storytelling style. The New Zealand artists brought a tonne of tradition with classic Motown tunes mixed with original numbers and a lesson in several Maori words. Even their movements were reminiscent of the haka. Original tunes, sung in Maori, included Punching which was a fun number about a man dating a much more beautiful woman – he’s “punching above his weight’’ – to the pop vibes of Shine and the positive and tongue-in-cheek Blame You. The effervescent performers were at their best rocking out a medley from Elvis to Sam Cook and Amy Winehouse. They also turned their musical stylings to cover fellow New Zealander, Lorde’s, Royals. The rapport between the four and the audience was undeniable and there was plenty of aroha (love) in the venue for the Modern Maori Quartet.
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