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Tama Waipara

Composer, Māori Composer, Performer


Ngāti Ruapani, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou

Opotiki-raised Tama Waipara was studying performance clarinet at New York’s Manhattan School of Music when a freak accident (a fuse box fell on his head) put studies on hold. While convalescing, he took up singing and songwriting. Three albums and a return to Auckland later, Waipara is a fixture on the NZ music scene: known for his powerful voice and eclectic style — ‘Alt/ Soul/ Indie/ Maori’ says his Facebook page — and collaborations (Nathan Haines, Annie Crummer, Maisey Rika). Fill Up the Silence won the 2014 NZ Music Award for Best Roots Album.

Tama was mad a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori music in the 2024 New Year Honours List.

Composed (37)

All the World

World Music, Latin, 4m 11s

April's Lady

World Music, Latin, 4m 33s

At a Month's End

World Music, 4m 24s

Colours of You

World Music, 3m 46s


World Music, Jazz, 3m 25s


World Music, 4m 57s

East Coast Moon

Pop, World Music, 4m

Everybody Knows

Jazz, 5m 33s


World Music, Latin, 4m 2s

Fill Up the Silence

Funk, 3m 41s

Get It Right

Pop, 25m 46s

Going to a Funeral

Rock/Pop, 4m 48s

Golden Bullet

Pop/Rock, 3m 40s

Hero of My Kind

Pop/Rock, 2m 53s


Pop, World Music, 3m 31s


Te Reo, Taonga Puoro, World Music, 4m 49s

Leaving Paradise

Te Reo, English, Acoustic,, 4m 24s


Pop, Rock, 3m 59s

Love and Sleep

Jazz, World Music, 3m 41s

Medicine Man

Pop, Rock, 3m 24s


Pop, Rock, 3m 48s

Never Try

Soul, World Music, 5m 1s

Night Vision

World Music, 5m 32s

On the Wall

Pop, Rock, 4m 1s


Te Reo, English, World Music, 3m 25s


Rock, 4m 53s

Reminiscence of Time, Pt.2

World Music, 1m 2s


Acoustic, 4m 2s

Special Stuff

Rock, 3m 57s

Stay Slow

Soul, 4m 16s

Sunshine on the Water

Soul, 3m 20s


Te Reo, World Music, 4m 26s

Welcome to the Show

Jazz, 2m 58s

You Don't Have to Go

Folk, 3m 27s

Recordings (1)