Pōneke's Dr. Reknaw Drop Debut Collection 'Earthly Delights'

Pōneke's Dr. Reknaw Drop Debut Collection 'Earthly Delights'

C.C. / Maggie Tweedie / Photo credit: Lee Gingold / Wednesday 11th March, 2020 3:13PM

Pōneke psych / dub / reggae / soul seven piece Dr. Reknaw have unveiled their debut EP Earthly Delights, ahead of a flurry of March outdoor events including Whanganui Walls Of Sound Festival, their hometown's Cuba Dupa and 121 Festival at Tauherenikau Racecourse. Leading with summery recent single 'Kererū', Dr. Reknaw's six track collection delivers oodles of groove-driven sonics to get crowds moving, with lyrical content aiming to reshape our political consciousness. Speaking with Radio Active Breakfast Host / Producer Maggie Tweedie, front woman Julia Cooper opened up about Dr. Reknaw's activism in music and support for decolonisation in Aotearoa...

"Our lyricism is a calling for connection, with our fellow human beings and earth, rethinking the ways in which we’ve been brought up and changing our ways for the future of papatuanuku & hauora of humans. Music can be medicine ~ with a feel good rhythm too, this is our intention.

We honour Tikanga Maori, and wish to be strong in supporting tangata whenua. It’s an interesting time to be alive, there’s a lot of shame for Pakeha in regards to the history that’s played before us on this land. A LOT of trauma & pain for Maori people. Tikanga Maori is very much connected to the physical & nonphysical. Sacred & sustainable. Our vision is to unlearn the ways of the crown that have disconnected us. Now we find ourselves at a point of bridging all people together- we can’t go back so we must move forward, but we do not forget or disregard the pain that is felt by Maori.

With blessings from Ngāti Whātua our uncle’s iwi (Julia & Sophie) to sing in Te Reo Maori and continue to connect all people. Tihei Mauri Ora!"

Dr. Reknaw play at Whanganui Walls Of Sound Festival on Saturday 21st March (head over here for the full lineup), CubaDupa (happening on 28th / 29th March) and this weekend's three day 121 Festival (13th March to 15th March).


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Sat 21st Mar
4th Wall Theatre, Whanganui
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Cuba Street, Wellington
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