The Mamaku Project

The Mamaku Project

About The Mamaku Project from Auckland

The Mamaku Project was born of the meeting of two French-Kiwis: evocative bi-lingual vocalist Tui Mamaki and multi-instrumentalist/producer Monsieur E.
 
The Mamaku Project has earned a reputation for compelling musical performances, embracing elements of Chanson, Dub, World Electronica. Their engaging show has taken them to numerous arts and music festivals around the globe, including Aotearoa / New Zealand, where they are based as well as Australia, Korea, Canada and Europe. The pool of talented musicians working with them, shifts and morphs over the years, revealing different incarnations of the music, but always staying true to their antipodean roots.
 
In 2006, their debut album, Karekare was received by critical acclaim, and their music described in NZ as “a new national treasure”.
 
The unique allure of their live show soon made waves on the NZ Arts/Music Festival scene, particularly wowing crowds at WOMAD NZ in 2007.
 
Their second album, Mal de Terre (2008), took a bi-lingual approach to festive gypsy styles, the colorful sounds belying some of the more somber topics, such as the (bad) news culture. In both these records, the earthy presence of Aotearoa land and sea, meets with exotic inspirations.
 
In 2009, a new show was launched at AK09 Festival in The Famous Spiegeltent. “Electr-O-rganic Sessions” remixed material from both albums, along with new tracks, in a live-electro club style.
Throughout 2010/11 “Electr-O-rganic Sessions” toured Europe, Canada and Korea, where festival and club audiences alike welcomed it as a cutting-edge breath of fresh air from the South Pacific, yet equally evocative of the co-founders European roots.
 
In 2012, “Metamorphosis” took the stage, featuring live-art projection by “Lupavision” (aka Paul Bradley), expanding on the project’s already strongly visual character. This collaboration transports the viewer into a hypnotic saltimbanque aesthetic, where image and sound exalt each other’s rhetoric, delivering a tender, dynamic journey through themes of circus, freedom, cross-cultural identity, travel and transformation.
 
Their third album, ‘Twigs of Gold’ was 5 years in the making and is to be released in January 2014. The Mamaku Project, shedding the “project” and standing purely as Mamaku, have fused electro and organic, dark and light, serious and fun, into a collection of original tunes they call ‘Groove-Hop’. “Groove” because catchy bass and analog synth drives, in syncopation with funky and quirky beats, are the backbone of this music. “Hop” because the richly layered, grit-and-honey aesthetic of Trip Hop (think Portishead) is clearly present, as well as some rousing spoken word, both poetical and political, offering a clin d’oeil to early Hip Hop.
 
 
PRESS:
“Colourful music, highly talented musicians…In the foreground there is the exquisite voice of Tui Mamaki…exciting and courageous … “ www. Welt-musik.net (Germany)
 
“ exotic scales and jazzy improvisations are interwoven with familiar images of sand and sea in an impressive fusion, highlighted by Mamaki’s powerful, microtonal vocals. “  Nick Bollinger- The Sampler (NZ)
 
“…Sprouting their own version of New Zealand song, taking in Pacifica, dub/reggae and jazz styles with a distinctly cinematic weave. A new national treasure.” Simon Sweetman – North & South (NZ)
 
 
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
 
WOMAD NZ 2007
ADELAIDE Fringe Festival, AUSTRALIA
GWANGJU WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, SOUTH KOREA
SUNFEST London, Ontario CANADA
ALIANAIT ARTS FESTIVAL, Nunavut, CANADA
BREMINALES, Bremen, GERMANY
FUSION FESTIVAL Berlin, GERMANY
DOCKSTEADY FESTIVAL Amsterdam, HOLLAND



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Posted by cloudy anonymous 3 years ago

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Hi David, you can download The Mamaku Project music from www.amplifier.co.nz or from the big beast www.apple.com/itunes...
Just search Mamaku Project. You can also order a hard copy from the amplifier website and they will post it to you (well worth it for the beautiful packaging and lyrics booklet etc) Cheers. TUi

Posted by admin 5 years ago

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can please someone tell me where i can order a cd or some links where i could download music(the mamaku project,volga) and something like that.i live in croatia and i cant owhere in my country find this kind of music.thank you

Posted by david from facebook 5 years ago

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Kia ora and Bonjour...

We are proud to present our NEW album
'Mal De Terre' meaning 'Disquiet Earth'. More infectious Grooves for you!

Come enjoy us live in November around Aotearoa 2008, check our gig guide for details...

SMiles Tui and Monsiuer Escargot for
THE MAMAKU PROJECT.

Posted by Tui 5 years ago



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