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Mihirangi is all grrrrrrl power – commanding and conscious, humorous and carefree, her powerful message and music is hypnotic and provocative. “It’s Zap Mama, Sheila Chandra, Kate Bush and Billie Holiday being channeled by one woman and one powerful and dynamic voice”. Mihirangi’s astonishing show has captured and mesmerized audiences both nationally and internationally, becoming a touring favorite with her unique sound. She has performed with Public Enemy, Arrested Development, Sly and Robbie, Michael Franti and Lee Scratch Perry. Dubbed the "Queen of Loops", Mihirangi creates her own band sound live in front of her audience. Utilizing a loop pedal, the key to her music is the layering of her own vocal sounds. From the foundation of earth-shaking bass lines to intricately layered harmonies, rhythmic ‘ska’ chops, sensuous jazzy riffs and beat boxing – it’s all done with the power of her voice, an incredible vocal range and an exceptional talent for timing, rhythm and dynamic tonality. A multi-instrumentalist Mihirangi also plays percussion, keyboards, guitar and Hand Sonic.

With grace, fierceness, warmth and humour, Mihirangi’s lyrics poetically celebrate the values, lore, medicines and customs of her lineage and culture, uplifting her audience with her naturalness, infectious laughter and fearless authenticity. Her new show invokes and expresses the strength and spirit of the feminine in the full spectrum of it’s power from raw vulnerability to Indigenous disciplines that powerfully lend themselves to the global equality of feminine expression, empowerment and freedom. A musical journey of the soul that travels back through the ancient lines and melodies of lineages that connect us all.

"She's just brilliant with a capital 'B'! In the 30 years I've toured the world I've never seen anything like her... she belongs on stage.” Ali Campbell, UB40

“Mihirangi has got locked down a whole new way of doing music... it’s going to revolutionise us as artists”. Speech, Arrested Development

On the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance of Mother Nature's Guardians, for the last two years, Mihirangi and the AMNG has been addressing the World Governments, the UN and the International community as Ambassador’s for the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, encouraging indigenous values into legislation. Mihirangi has performed for and with fellow artist activists Arrested Development, Lee Scratch Perry, John Butler, Blue King Brown, Michael Franti, Public Enemy, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Dixie Chicks.

“One of the most talked about bands at the event (Bluesfest Australia). Visually stunning and beautiful sounding” Australian Music Mag by Greg Phillips April 2019

Inspiring audiences across the globe, and celebrated for introducing her country to the art of live-looping, Mihirangi returned home back to her Ancestral land, learnt her language, raised a family and created Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura. After a highly successful first tour in Canada in 2018, they were invited to showcase at the worlds largest folk, roots and world music conference in February. This performance was amongst over 4000 showcases and was listed by Songlines Magazine (UK) as one of the top 3 live performances to have been seen. Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura just performed at the Byron Bay Bluesfest for their 30th Anniversary to critical acclaim.
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