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Piripi Christie is a talented World music singer songwriter combining traditional and contemporary Maori music and dance - a unique creative sound from the Pacific / New Zealand.

Piripi’s skills in traditional Maori performing arts and culture as well as his interest in contemporary forms of music and dance such as hiphop have seen him develop an original presentation.

“I started to compose Maori songs in 1995 when I joined the Waitara Maori culture group (Te Roopu Kapahaka o Waitara)”.

Piripi was taught the Maori language, customs and the old teachings of te kauae raro (jaw of earthly knowledge) and te kauae runga (jaw of heavenly knowledge), “It was through such teachings that inspired to write and compose songs”.

Piripi has developed a musical show featuring singing, Kapa Haka, Hiphop and Brazilian - Capoeira styles as part of his overall live performance.

Tangata Records were first introduced to Piripi Christie whilst hosting a Maori song writing competition, which Piripi eventually won receiving a $4000 prize package recording the winning entry ‘I Heke’, released on CD compilation ‘He Taonga Te Reo-Tahi’.

Te Mangai Paho funded a music video for the song, which has been given copious amounts of airplay on TVNZ.
Piripi entered another Maori song writing competition again winning $1000 prize to professionally record another song ‘He Mihi (E muramura Ana)’.

“Through blessing of the Supreme Being I have achieved in the Maori music industry with the next level of achievement to produce a CD album of personal expressions”.

Piripi has achieved that, producing his debut album Mo Ake via Tangata Records and with the support of Te Mangai Paho. The album features I Heke and He Mihi as well as 10 other songs and bonus remixes. Mo Ake is released to New Zealand retailers in August 2004.

Piripi recently performed in Tahiti representing Aotearoa as guest of the Tahitian Arts Society Himene Patitifa along with 20 other artists from around the World. “It was exciting and a great experience and I met artist from around the World who all shared there cultural and art”.

Piripi is touring New Zealand to promote his album with support from Te Wananga O Aotearoa, which fits in well with his ‘day job’ as performing arts tutor for TWOA.