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Listen Te KuraHuia's Debut EP UHA

Listen Te KuraHuia's Debut EP UHA

Annabel Kean / Thursday 23rd June, 2022 10:49AM

Te KuraHuia comes into her own on debut EP UHA, a fierce collision of reo Māori, old school rap and moments of influence from the likes of Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj. The four-track drop features beat-first high energy opener 'Poia', fiery stand-out dance single 'BMW' (Bad Mana Wahine) and the powerful 'Te Ira Wahine' plus snappy radio edit. Te KuraHuia aka Faith Oriwia Henare-Stewart (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, NgāPuhi, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō) explains the EP is named for the "ancient Māori word for woman. A word to reconnect us to the first woman, me aro ki te hā o Hineahuone", and says that this project is her way of honouring Hineahuone.

Now that UHA is out in full, Te KuraHuia shifts her focus to the roll out of the visual side of the EP, with special screenings lined up over the next few weeks. Tāmaki fans can catch the UHA film debut at MA7ARIKI Pictures festival as part of Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts tomorrow night, and Pōneke punters should head along to Te Papa to see the clip in the Mana o te Kai Film Showcase Sunday July 3rd. In the meantime, get your Thursday dose of Matariki spirit in Te KuraHuia's killer debut UHA...

Te KuraHuia's Debut EP 'UHA' is out now on streaming services.


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