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Ngatapa Black

Performer, Māori Composer, Composer


Ngai Tūhoe, Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Ngatapa Black is a fluent speaker of Māori and a bilingual singer-songwriter who has been composing, recording and performing music for more than a decade. She is an award-winning promotions producer, programme maker, voice-over artist and presenter at Māori Television.

Miss Black has a truly mesmerizing voice with an incredible amount of texture and tone that simultaneously manages to silkily soothe your soul and make you nod your head. Some of her influences and stylistic cues come from Erykah Badu, India Arie, and Jill Scott.

She knew as a child that she was going to become a singer while singing in the shower with her hairbrush. She was raised in a musical family and can seamlessly step from Maori to English, from jazz to rock, without missing a beat. She credits local female singers such as Betty-Anne Monga, Ladi 6, Brooke Fraser and her mother, Whirimako Black. Her mum has inspired and pushed her to write and sing with meaning, so that she too may be able to inspire others.

Her music has different meanings and she has shown her talent for all ages, including singing waiata in both Te Reo Māori and English for babies "Poppet Stars". Ngatapa's second album is in a blues-jazz-soul style, with all songs in Te Reo Māori, showcasing Ngatapa's mesmerizing voice. She has followed a new wave of sounds for her latest album release I Muri Ahiahi, consisting of tracks that mix traditional and contemporary Māori melodies with other worldwide musical influences. She is known as a "new world infused" singer-songwriter.

Composed (24)

Black Light

Reggae, 3m 57s


Reggae, 4m

Cigarette Paper

Soul, 4m 16s

Dont Stop

RnB, Soul, 3m 49s

Hao Nui

Te Reo Māori, Dance, 6m 1s

He Maimai Aroha

Te Reo Māori, Soul, 5m 16s

Huraina Tou Maiatanga

Te Reo Māori, Jazz, 3m 44s


Acoustic, 6m

I Muri Ahiahi

Te Reo Māori, Acoustic Soul, 5m 27s

I Think

Reggae, 3m 43s

Kakapa Nei

Te Reo Māori, Soul Rock, 5m 2s

Kaore Te Mamae

Te Reo Māori, Taonga Puoro, Reggae, 7m 25s

Lovely Day

Reggae, 4m 20s

Lovely Day (video)

Reggae, 3m 34s

Ma is White

Te Reo Māori and English, Pop, 2m 15s

Notice Me

RnB, Soul, 5m 13s

One Day A Taniwha

Tamariki Pop, 2m 30s

So In Love

Rock, 4m 46s

Taku Moe

Te Reo Māori, Blues, 4m 43s

Tamaiti Pakupaku

Te Reo Māori, Ballad, 4m 43s

Te Ngākau Mamae

Te Reo Māori, Blues, 4m 23s

Te Wairua

Te Reo Māori, Taonga Puoro, Reggae, 6m 9s

Tirama Tirama

Te Reo Māori, Lullaby, 2m 14s

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