RUIA

RUIA

BandWorldSinger/Songwriter

Ruia Aperahama is a multi-award winning composer and recording artist from New Zealand. His music is a World / Roots / Reggae flavour. Ruia is a leader in composing contemporary music and his unique style reflects the cultural identity of New Zealand.

Biography

RUIA is a multi-award winning composer and recording artist hailing from New Zealand.

2008 has been a great year for Ruia.

Winner NZ Music Industry Award 2008 : 'Best Maori Album - 12:24'

Winner APRA Award 2008 : 'Best Maori Language Song' - "Rere Reta Rere Reta"

Toi Maori Award 2008: 'Contribution To Music'

Maori Language Commission: 'Star Of The Year 2008'

International Songwriting Competition 2008: 'Piki Kake Ake' Honourable Mention

Ruia is a gifted singer/songwriter, one of the few composers to emerge from New Zealand with traditional and contemporary music skill.

Ruia and his 3 piece band have been regular performers on the New Zealand circuit and his crossover reggae/world music style offers a unique musical presentation that audiences love.

Background:
Ruia grew up in the small rural settlement of Ratana Pa, (home of Maori Prophet of the 1920's era T.W. Ratana 'Te Mangai' founder of the Ratana Church and Movement).

Ruia's participation in the church brass band and choir as well as various contemporary bands and involvement in traditional dance groups during his formative years have given him a unique ability to cross musical boundaries with ease.

Ruia has written, recorded and released songs as lead vocalist and composer with groups such as Southside of Bombay, penning the national top five hit ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’ (which went gold), and highlighted in the infamous Once Were Warriors feature film.

Ruia has also composed and performed for noted recording artist Moana and the Moahunters on 'Tahi', 'Rua', and ‘Toru’ albums.

Ruia has showcased at WOMADelaide, WOMAD Aotearoa, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Festivals, as well as Australia and Japan 2007.

Ruia and his band Haakiwa have performed at many National Festivals.

In 2005 and 2007 The International Songwriting Competition announced Ruia as a finalist in the World Music category.

Ruia and twin brother Ranea released the album ‘Whare Mäori’ in late 2000, which was nominated as a finalist in the New Zealand Music Industry’s Tui Awards.

A tribute concept album, ‘Waiata of Bob Marley, again had the Aperahama brothers sharing vocal duties, covering a selection of Bob Marley’s songs sung completely in Maori. A recent documentary has been shot about the influence of reggae on Maori people and New Zealand music.

Ruia released his debut solo album, Hawaiki, in 2004, along with an extensive tour of New Zealand, winning New Zealand Music industry Award for Best Maori Album. He also won the 2004 APRA Maioha Award for the song 'E tae' also off the Hawaiki album.

2008 has seen the release of his new album 12:24 (Tekau Ma Rua:Rua Tekau Ma Wha) recorded with award winning Producer Chris Macro (Katachafire/Whirimako Black). It has already received rave reviews by various magazines and reviewers.

Ruia has honorary status of the Toi Iho cultural quality assurance mark by Government Arts Agency Creative New Zealand/Te Waka Toi.

Ruia has also been actively involved in other creative endeavours including TV, Education Publications, professional development for teachers in the area of traditional and contemporary Maori music and radio host on one of New Zealand's Maori radio stations, Auckland based, Radio Waatea 603AM.

Ruia is signed with independant record label Tangata Records http://www.tangata.co.nz

Ruia's live bookings can be organised via his website http://www.ruia.co.nz or via his management company - gigltd@gmail.com

CDs and Downloads are available to buy from:

http://www.ruia.co.nz

http://www.amplifier.co.nz

http://www.maorimusic.com

http://www.cdbaby.com/ruia

http://www.itunes.com/ruia

http://www.calabashmusic.com

Lyrics

Piki Kake Ake

Written By: Hareruia Abraham

PIKI KAKE AKE Nei ko au, nei ko koe
Takanoninoni e
Kore mahara he taonga nui
Te ora e

Tkoe e tn
I ahu mai koe koia whea nana?
Pehea oti ngwhanaunga o te wkainga?

Me he tangi hotuhotu te manawa,
Piki kake ake kei tua o twauwau
Piki te marama, Te Ora me Te Kaha,
Me te atawhai a Te Tama a Te Rangimarie 2x

Kaati ra, e mara
Tara peke peke mai
Whakaeteete mai me ppopo ki mua
Nei te w
E kitea ai
Te turutanga e
O ngkupu ngaro
Mtaku ngkau pmau nei

Kia miria kau tia atu tkiri mahana
E kori ai tua,
Te kte wh Te Ora e!
Whenua ataahua
TTinana hei toro noa
N tauheke I tohu kia hautapu nui koe
Me tngaengae, me mhukihuki kau aker

Piki kake ake kei tua o twauwau
Piki te marama, Te Ora me Te Kaha,
Me te atawhai a Te Tama a Te Rangimarie

ENGLISH TRANSLATION: (Climbing Up And Up)

This is You, This is Me,
If we had one more, we'd be three,
And just who cares about what's really important
Like life itself,

There you are standing there,
From whence verily doest thou comest, who cares
And by the way how is the family living back home pon yonder there

CHORUS

A bleeding screaming heart that cries and sobs and weeps deep down inside
Keep on climbing stumbling falling get up and climb some more,
Liberate the mind the spirit, the body and be alive,
Bound with patience of truth everlasting from snowman's eyes.

VERSE 2

So what then chaps,
Quite spiffing, say what!
Come quickly we should make haste of course
Lets shuffle here and there, then shine up our shoes, lets take the front

NowÔs the time,
When we will see,
Just how real, authentically,
Are the promises forgotten to my true heart sake,

CHORUS

If I could only touch your wine glass body skin warm desire,
Peeking rapture then the wine drips down, like sweet liquer,
Like beautiful landscapes let your body be quietly travelled well,
T'was your ancient ones that anointed us both to be whole again.

Rewa Noa

Written By: Hareruia Abraham

Rewa noa te tomaira………………………………….ngi
Hei konei kiri awhi……………………………………ai
Takiri mai te ataku………………………………………ra
Turuturu te wewe ……………………………………..ra

Whaowhina atu to aroaro
Nei pewa I titoki ake ra
I tikina mai I pamamao
Nei ra taku puhi mareikura
E kore au e ngaro
He kakano I ruia mai ra
I rangiatea
Na Maui nei I whiti mai te ra…………a

Hei konei taua piri……………………………………………..ai
Mo ake tonu atu……………………………………………..ra
E hua ake te tira……………………………………………hou
Ko koe nei te wharetanga……………………………………..ta

Kia tau te rangimarie,
E hua tau e ranea ai te ao
I tikina mai I pamamao
Nei kua tata kei roto pu I a koe

Nei ngakau maori ka ea
Mohukihuki ake roto wairua,
Kia tau te rangimarie
E hua tau e ranea ai te ao

English Translation

If I could see the morning ……………………….dew
And you would be right by my side……………… too
And holding hands bound by our love……………true
And we would swim oceans………………………..blue

Cause I believe in love divine,
For love that is none like no other
Because we are truly intertwined,
But there are those who laugh and say “why bother”?

Let you and I become as……………………one
Forever now, forever more………………….sure
Rise up new people lets stand be proud….too
For you are mankind’s house be strong……true

Let peace prevail in times of war,
And settled then the world shall be
Fetched from far in deep,
Just there, aha, just right front of you, before you

Satisfied hearts have come
Agitated from spirits within,
May peace prevail in times of war,
And settled then the world shall be

Rere Reta

Written By: Mr Hareruia Abraham

Mei hua noa ake
Te tu o te tangata
I hauruatia mai
Tini manomano
Okeoke noa te Tinana

Rua kiri nohonoho
He tuakana he teina
Totara waahirua
Auwarea noa ake
Hinga tonu roopu reipa e

Pire Takutai Moana
Ka tiemi, ka tiemi,
Kaore he hara
Hei ta etahi,
Rere Reta Rere Reta
Torotoro kau ki wi
Torotoro kau ki wa

CHORUS

Kotahi te huarahi
E pakaru ai te tikanga
Ma te ngoikore noa iho
He manawa poto
Ka kore nei e ea
Manawa Roa
He mahi me oti nei e

English Translation

If only Id thought
As people do
Having been divided
Thousands and millions
Twisting turning

Two bodies bound intertwined,
Older and younger
A tree split in half
Moaning and groaning as we do
Get rid of the (Labour and National) party

Foreshore and Seabed Bill
On and On and On
There’s nothing wrong
As some would want to believe
Send the letter send the letter
Seeking near and far
Seeking near and far

CHORUS

There’s only one way by which your world will fall,
That is by your sheer laziness and neglect,
Giving up too easily reaps nothing,
Endurance and persistence reaps rewards

Kui Kui Whiti Whiti Ora

Written By: Mr Hareruia Abraham

KUI KUI WHITI WHITI ORA

Verse 1
Rongo kau ana
Te hā o te riri
Mai tawhiti
Keria,keria
Tōkia,tōkia
Kui,kui,whiti mate whiti ora e!

Verse 2
Kauria mai ana
Ngā ngaru māreparepa
o te tai whakaehu
Ngā tairo i tutakina ai
Kui, Kui Whiti- Mate, Whiti Ora e!

Chorus 1
Maringanui
Hitamotamo kau ake
Te tangi whitiwhiti ora
i te awatea
Kui Kui Whiti Whiti Ora e!
Kui Kui whiti Whiti Ora e!

Chorus 2
Ko Rangi e tū nei
Ko Papatuanuku e takoto nei
Ngā whetū kei runga
Tiaho te marama
He mihi maioha atu
Ki a koutou e

Verse 1
Always feeling those angry vibes
From distances beyond,
Digging shovelling burying,
Planting sowing,
Great and Wonderful forever!!

Verse 2
Swimming through those waning waves
Of the evening tide,
The sacred gates shut closed forever protected,
Great and Wonderful forever!!

Chorus 1
How lucky we are,
Excited blatant,
In the morning hue,
You are the shinning cuckoo
Great forever Wonderful!
Great forever Wonderful!

Chorus 2
Heavens above,
Thrones below,
Stars up high,
The moon shines bright
Thanking you all so kindly

Ko Te Atua Tuturu

Written By: Hareruia Abraham

Ko Te Atua Tuturu

Discography

Singles
Southside of Bombay: What's The Time Mr Wolf (deleted)
Southside of Bombay: All Across The World (deleted)
Ruia 95: Ka Tangi Te Titi, Ka Tangi Te Kaka (deleted)

Albums
He Taonga Te Reo Vol 1 & 2 compilation (deleted)
Ruia and Ranea: Whare Maori (2000)
Ruia and Ranea: Waiata of Bob Marley Vol 1 & 2 (2001, 2002)
Ruia: Hawaiki (2004)
Ruia: 12:24 (2008)

Videos
Ruia (with Southside of Bombay): What's The Time Mr Wolf
Ruia (with Southside of Bombay): All Across The World
Ruia: Ka Tangi Te Titi Ka Tangi Te Kaka
Ruia: Tenei Te Tu Nei
Ruia: Nei Te Aroha
Ruia: Koingo Atu Nei Kia Koe
Ruia: E Tae

Set List

1. Matika Mai Ra
2. Ka Tangi Te Titi
3. E Te Potiki
4. E Tae
5. Whakarere
6. One September Morning
7. Nei Te Tiriti (This is my street)
8. Nei Ra To Ki
9. I Te Onekura
10. Ka Tangi
11. Aue
12. I Te Karanga (Calling)
13. He Aha Te Whakatau (What is the answer)
14. Anei Ra
15. E Kore Te Aroha
16. Kapo Kapo
17. Tangi Koekoea
18. Tiriti O Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi)
19. Waru O Noema (8th of November)
20. Tahurihuri
21. Mura Ahi
22. Arohaina Ra Koe
23. Nei Te Aroha
24. Umere (Jammin)
25. Kaati E Hine To Tangi (No Woman No Cry)
26. Naku I Puhi Te Apiha (I Shot The Sherriff)
27. Kororitia
28. Matika, Maranga
29. Toru Manu Iti (Three Little Birds)
30. Makona Tamaroto
31. Kotahi Aroha (One Love)
32. Peruperu Tupara
33. Maia, Ae Ra, Kua Ea
34. Te Pu, Te Weu, Te More
35. Koingo Atu Nei Kia Koe
36. Kairau Te Tinana
37. Monehu Rawa
38. Tihei
39. Tuki Tahi
40. He Wai Apakura
41. What's The Time Mr Wolf
42. Puta Noa Te Ao/All Across Th