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Aaron Tokona (Weta, Fly My Pretties, AHoriBuzz) Has Died At Age 45

Aaron Tokona (Weta, Fly My Pretties, AHoriBuzz) Has Died At Age 45

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Alexander Hallag / Monday 22nd June, 2020 10:35AM

Aaron Tokona, driving force behind Weta, AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight, Bongmaster and Fly My Pretties died suddenly on Saturday 20th June of a heart attack, prompting an outpouring of appreciation and remembrance from our music community. We first heard the sad news via Clarke Gayford's eloquent tribute to the much-loved Aotearoa songwriter and guitar hero on Saturday, via Twitter:



Amongst the many artists sharing their memories of Tokona was Ruban Nielson aka Unknown Mortal Orchestra:



Vicki Anderson shared a heartfelt eulogy, describing Tokona as: "A bona fide rock star, he was a wonderfully eccentric and insightful musical genius but humble too." Read her words over on the Stuff site here.

Experience footage of Aaron Tokona playing a gorgeous welcoming waiata at the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards...

Take in Dan Robinson's photos of Aaron Tokona alongside a star-studded lineup playing at Pōneke's Bodega in 2013 for Like Minds - A Concert For Mental Health over here.


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