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Ria Hall

Composer, Performer, Māori Composer


Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Waikato

Born and raised in Maungatapu, Tauranga, fell into music at a young age after joining the church choir based out of her Marae. Kapahaka played an important encompassing role from primary through to adulthood, where she performed with Waka Huia. It was from performing in Kapahaka that she found her calling as a vocal singer which soon Hall became a Bilingual singer.

Ria Hall became a blazing new female force on the NZ music scene. Winning awards and critical acclaim, her sound fused furious hip hop beats and richly layered vocals in English and Te Reo Māori, creating an epic soundscape that embraced and challenged multiple genres. Her album, Manawa Wera, was written and co-produced with Laughton Kora, the album is inspired by current political, social and racial climate, one that musically brings together elements of classic reggae and soul. Using her hometown’s history as inspiration for her powerful debut album, Rules of Engagement. The title came from a letter that Henare Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi) sent in 1864 to the first governor of Aotearoa, Sir George Grey, outlining a code of conduct for the battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina). Both political and personal, the 2017 album established Hall as one of the most thoughtful voices in New Zealand music. She is a powerful live performer, crafting an experience that showcases her enormous vocal range and ability to effortlessly transition between styles. She performed and toured alongside many artists and groups: Hollie Smith, Trinity Roots, Tiki Tane, Che Fu, Laughton Kora, Kings, Fly My Pretties, Rob Ruha, Maisey Rika, Stan Walker to name a few … Her chief aim in Music is to challenge the accounts of New Zealand history, and increaseunderstanding and empathy between Māori and Pākeha by doing what feels good because if it feels good for her then the audience will gravitate to it.

Composed (31)

50,000 Aches

Te Reo, 1m 12s

Barely Know

Hip hop, 3m 14s

Best of Me

Hip hop, 4m 35s

Black Light

Hip hop, 3m 29s

Cause & Effect

Reggae, 2m 59s


Hip hop, 3m 47s


Reggae, 3m 50s

Fly My Pretties

Reggae, 3m 22s


World Music, 4m 26s


World Music, 1m 57s

He Tangi Apakura | It's Alright

Te Reo, English, Hip hop, 6m 8s


Reggae, 3m 44s


World Music, 2m 24s

I Am a Child

Te Reo, English, Soul, 5m 56s

In These Trenches

World Music, 58s

Kia Kino Nei Hoki

Te Reo Māori, English, Kapa haka, Pop, Rock, 2m 36s

Ko Au Ko Ia

Soul, 5m 22s


Te Reo, English, Soul, 3m 34s


Reggae, 3m 17s


World Music, 3m 50s

Sing, Dance, Dream

Soul, 4m 36s

Te Ahi Kai Pō

Te Reo, World Music, 6m 31s

Te Kawa o Riri

Te Reo, World Music, 3m 35s

Te Ranga

Te Reo, Spoken Word, 48s

Tell Me

World Music, 5m 50s

The Battle

Te Reo, World Music, 1m

They Come Marching

World Music, 3m 23s


World Music, 3m 31s

Watch Over Me

Soul, 5m 22s

Resources (73)

Ria Hall | Flow - VIDEO

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Ria Hall | Hawaiiki - AUDIO

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Ria Hall | Ka Mānu - VIDEO

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Ria Hall | Mōhau - VIDEO

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Ria Hall | Owner - VIDEO

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Ria Hall | RNZ - AUDIO

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Ria Hall | WaiAroha - VIDEO

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Performances (4)

CANCELLED: Auckland Arts Festival | Taku Tau Kahurangi: An Aotearoa Love Story

__Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki (AAF) is sadly unable to open this Thursday 4 Mar...

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival | Manawa Wera: A Conversation Piece

Enjoy a provocative performance from __Ria Hall__'s latest album _Manawa Wera_, and take part in ...

Ria Hall and the NZSO (Napier)

Miguel Harth-Bedoya - Conductor Ria Hall - Vocals Ria Hall is a musical force to be recko...

Ria Hall and the NZSO (Tauranga)

Miguel Harth-Bedoya - Conductor Ria Hall - Vocals Ria Hall is a musical force to be recko...