An Evening with the Modern Maori Quartet
Last month, a suave and multi-talented Māori foursome, took the stage at PJ Live Arts (PJLA) for a Sunday evening of wholesome entertainment.
Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Modern Māori Quartet, which is made up of James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Jamie McCaskill, is a contemporary Māori showband in the vein of popular forebears such as the Hi-Marks, Māori Volcanics Showband, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Maori Troubadours, Maori Hi Five, Quin Tikis and The Howard Morrison Quartet.
Their two-hour repertoire included a wide range of traditional Māori music, which have been given a contemporary treatment, as well as contemporary music that have been imbued with their unique flavour and twist, such as Royals by Lorde (sung in Maori) and Bob Marley's Is This Love.
Seasoned entertainment pundits may have found their performance lacking the "X-Factor" or for that matter, any novelty at all, but their laidback charm, coupled with timely improvised comedy was more than sufficient to keep a crowd entertained on a chilled out Sunday evening.
The MMQ, are what they are - a group of four men, with sultry voices and a knack for harmony most singers could only dream of - aided and abetted by their criminally good looks.
While on stage, the boys mentioned they would be heading over to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, to participate in the Sharq Taronalari World Music Festival - they took home the Most Daring and Emotional Performance award at the festival.