Ria Hall

Ria Hall

 Wellington, Wellington, NZL
BandR&BSoul

Creatively inspired by West Coast hip-hop, vintage reggae, classic soul and modern synth music. Ria Hall presents a fresh and vibrant perspective as both a young Maori woman, and as a cutting edge 21st century singer, song writer and performer from Wellington New Zealand.

Biography

Ria Hall is an exciting new voice on the contemporary New Zealand music landscape. Creatively informed by west coast hip-hop, vintage reggae, classic soul, dancehall ragga and modern beat music, she presents a fresh and vibrant perspective as both a young Maori woman, and as a cutting edge, 21st century singer and artist.

Born in Tauranga, Ria spent time in Auckland and Australia, before settling in Wellington and really finding her musical feet. She co-formed and fronted the reggae band Hope Road, who, in performing at the Parihaka International Peace Festival and Wellington’s Waitangi Day One Love festival, won the respect of Aotearoa's elite roots, reggae and soul music communities. This led to her joining Hollie Smith’s live ensemble, becoming part of Eru Dangerspiel’s psychedelic explosion, and latterly, performing backing vocals for the 2010 reunion shows of the iconic Trinity Roots.

Her profile has also been lifted significantly by her inspired performance at the opening ceremony of Rugby World Cup 2011 – a performance witnessed by a televised audience of millions.

Working with producer and mentor Riki Gooch (Eru Dangerspiel, Trinity Roots) on her self-titled EP, Ria Hall has fashioned a vibrant new take on an age-old story. By incorporating her many influences – Maori performing arts, te reo Maori, modern musical palettes, whanau, and her own experiences into a seamless whole, she presents her story, her perspective. Her story begins here…

Discography

October 2011 - Ria Hall self titled EP

Feb 2012 - 'Best of Me' single

Set List

Approx 1 hour. Track listing to be confirmed.