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February 26, 2021 8:30PM • Harkness Henry's Emporium, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton

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 an intimate kōrero about the unique times we live in.

Released in 2020, Manawa Wera saw Ria Hall put her stamp on the rich tradition of New Zealand reggae. With Hall’s unforgettable voice at the forefront taking inspiration from current events, the album takes on a distinctly modern Aotearoa context.

The critically acclaimed album saw Hall take home the 2020 Waiata Māori Music Award for Best Female Solo Artist, alongside nominations for Best Māori Artist and Best Roots Artist at the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards.

Ria Hall is a powerful live performer, crafting an experience that showcases her enormous vocal range and ability to effortlessly transition between styles. More than just a concert, Manawa Wera: A Conversation Piece invites audience participation. Hall’s songs act as the impetus for discussion around the racial, economic and social issues of the day.

With support band: IA. IA create indigenous soul music. Their compositions blend old with new and feature the voices found with traditional Māori instruments/taonga pūoro.

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February 26, 2021 8:30PM


Harkness Henry's Emporium, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton