WAI
AOTEAROA / NEW ZEALAND

WHAT THE PRESS SAYS

“seriously impressive” IAN ANDERSON, fRoots
“powerful,trailblazing stuff… designed to please the ancestors and inspire those who follow.” JAZZWISE
“Three girl singers with attitude, good harmonies and a sense of history (“This is a song about where our ancestors hang out”) backed by drums and funky electronics, [making] fusion work.” THE GUARDIAN
“‘WAI 100%’ is certainly indicative that contemporary music from Aotearoa has entered another creative new phase.” SONGLINES
“songs of resistance combining dub reggae, hip hop and R&B influenced music overlaid with sweet and cutting melodic voices. This was neither Glyndebourne nor Glastonbury. It defied category. It was in a different class.” EVENING STANDARD
“WAI 100% is, for want of an existing label, Maori techno, with hard core dance rhythms and traditional body slapping. And just wait ‘til you hear Mina Ripia’s voice.” MOJO
“a uniquely organic sound that looks both backwards and forwards at the same time, while sounding utterly unlike any other sound on this blue planet.” DRUM MEDIA