Withe suggestions of the pacific, MOREECE Group offer a diverse sound with flavours ranging from the Islands of Samoa through to the indigenous Cultures of New Zealand and Indonesia. A unique journey of sounds from their deverse ethnic back grounds fused with soul and jazz.


Mo’Reece Group
New single/EP “Jim Jam
Feature’s on the NZ on Air Kiwi Hit disc.

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The exceptional talent of the

The exceptional talent of Samoan singer, songwriter and producer Maurice Banse (Nominee for Tui’s Award in Cultural Category) and his dynamical and versatile Indonesian songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and arranger, Jonas Widjaya (Bachelor of Jazz Performance), has now been released with their second single and video Jim Jam, supported by NZ On Air and currently playing on your favourite music channels and also being promoted on Xtra’s home page. The Mo’Reece Group is in the process of recording their debut album “The Shining” which is due for release later this year.

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From performing live in Auckland’s top nightspots, the Mo’Reece Group is based on a core team of Maurice and Jonas, but often includes their long serving friends and accomplished musicians Colin Stanley on Bass (Exiles) and Richie Campbell on Drums (Ardijah).

Pasifika 2004 and 2005 were a highlight for the Mo’Reece Group, performing tracks of their first EP “No Reason Why” to a full capacity crowd at Western Springs Stadium, along side some of New Zealand’s biggest recording artists, Scribe, Mareko, Feelstyle, Nathan Haines and many more.

Their single and video “No Reason Why” was supported by NZ ON AIR, with the video airing on Sky Tv’s Juice TV (achieving most requested video), Coke New Releases, Maori TV and C4. The Mo’Reece Group were granted funding from Creative NZ to tour the EP throughout the country and travelled from Keri Keri through to Wellington, appearing on More FM Northland, Mai FM, Nui FM and various rural radio stations throughout the North Island.

Mo’Reece Group kicked off their tour by supporting George Benson at the Auckland Town Hall and was invited to enjoy a private dinner with George Benson and his band.

Mo’Reece Group has recently returned from an acoustic tour of the UK and Italy, playing at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival and local venues throughout the northern district of Venenzia in Italy. The chief Councillor of the Edinburgh Festival “Brian Fallon”, was so impressed that he has invited the group to participate in next years festival.

Mo’Reece Group is currently in the process of recording their long awaited debut album and hopes to entertain the NZ public with their fuse of Soul/Funk/Jazz music at as many festivals and performances this coming summer.

The audience

I have found a wide range of people like our music when performing and touring around NZ and can play to audiences ranging from pub's and taverns to theatre’s and churches. However, our primary audience is aged between 15-50 years. We would describe our music as Soul with touches of Rock, RNB and Jazz, fusing together to create the sound of the “MO’Reece Group”.



Written By: Maurice Banse & Jonas Widjiya


Verse 1
Into love, you lift me up
Watching you, dancing now
Cause where all in tune, to your perfume
I want to, be with you

Verse 2
As we dance, wanted to know your name,
I want you
If you like, can get a drink for you, or two
Like the way you walk, all the things you talk
Lets romance, doing our dance I want you


Stars walking by, you in my eyes
Your suppose to be mine, got you inside
Watching you close, music to my nose
My world in my mind, could you be mine
Can you see

Verse 3
Night goes on, think that, somethings wrong, I saw you
By your self, in the corner of this room, so smooth
Lights they light, up the floor for you
Care to dance, will romance yeah if you want


First Verse - Finish


No Reason Why - Released 2004
Lonely For you - Released 2005
Jim Jam - Released 2006

All tracks have had air time on both the major channels on NZ TV and radio.

Set List

Our typical set will by consist of 3 x 45 min sets which will include some contemporary covers. We may also include snippets of pacific tunes and NZ culture.