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Watch Te KuraHuia's Video For New Single ‘Uha’

Watch Te KuraHuia's Video For New Single ‘Uha’

Sam Denne / Photo credit: Mumu Moore / Friday 2nd December, 2022 5:01PM

Multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural tour de force Te KuraHuia (Ngāi Tara ki te Muaūpoko o te ika a Māui, Ngāti Raukawaki te Tonga, NgāPuhi, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāi TeRangi, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Apa Ki Te Rā Tō) has unleashed the self-directed video for her new waiata ‘Uha’, a fresh and uplifting song of solidarity dedicated to Māori who jointly whakapapa to other indigenous Pacific cultures. A jubilant exploration of identity, Te KuraHuia aka Faith Oriwia Henare Stewart, who shares Māori and Samoan whakapapa, showcases a synergised collection of pan-Pacific garments and choreography upon an idyllic black sand beach. Passionate verse delivered in te reo Māori is driven by relentlessly danceable percussion and buoyed by a dub-esque bassline, resulting in an unashamedly powerful testament to the mana of its songwriter.

Recipient of the 2022 Waiata Māori Music Award 'Te Tohu Kaipūoro Rangatahi' (Emerging Artist Under 25 Years), and winner of the 2022 SRN Te Tohu Kōwhitinga Tāngata (People's Choice Award), Te KuraHuia has captured well-deserved recognition for her musical, visual and design work both in Aotearoa and abroad. She recently toured several Canadian film festivals showcasing UHA — a recent visual EP which shares the title of her new single — and performed as Aotearoa’s representative at Asinabka Film & Media Art Festival. The world has been watching Te KuraHuia, make sure you are too...

"Uha is a Reo Māori Single Track that contributes to the Bad Mana Wahine to empower our wahine, a song to remind us what being an Uha is, the importance of what we are, who we are, what we have, what we can do and to embrace all of that. We are life bearers, daughters, mothers, aunts etc .

I wanted to create a waiata that I could dance to knowing it’s a song for me and all the Bad Mana Wahine in the world.

He taonga tuku iho te ira wahine, nā mātou te whiwhi kia tūhono ki te ao wairua kia puta mai te ira tangata ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Nā mātou tērā mana nō reira whakanu ia i tō ahua e uha mā!"

‘Uha’ is out now on major streaming services.


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