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The Mamaku Project

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | INDIE

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | INDIE
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The Mamaku Project @ Gwangju world music festival

Gwangju, None, Korea, South

Gwangju, None, Korea, South

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The Mamaku Project @ Noorderlicht

Amsterdam, None, Netherlands

Amsterdam, None, Netherlands

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The Mamaku Project @ Schoko-Laden eV

Berlin, None, Germany

Berlin, None, Germany

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The weather may have been a little cooler than usual for this time of year, but the temperature in SoCo Cargo certainly heated up when New Zealand’s The Mamaku Project took to the stage! This five-piece band put on a very impressive show, weaving a dense musical web of sounds including sultry and moody dub, mixed with quintessentially French and bohemian melodies, and even enchanting elements of the east. The band has really embraced the carnival atmosphere too, with their show giving off a very theatrical exuberance, complete with costumes and sideshow performance. Fat basslines and groovy horns set the pace, and the band’s jazz-meets-dub style is certainly a winner with this punter. Can’t wait ‘til they return!

Luke Balzan

The Mamaku Project performed at SoCo Cargo Club in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Sat 23rd February 2008 - RIP IT UP n971 (AUSTRALIA)


Looking like shipwrecked musical vagabonds washed up on the shore, The Mamaku Project filled SoCo Cargo with an unusual mix of sights and sounds. Five top-hatted New Zealand performers in boho seafaring garb, they entertained a small but appreciative audience with songs that revealed a broad range of influences, including French cabaret and gypsy music, and sounds of the Pacific and Middle East. Their sole female member and charismatic lead singer gave brief explanations of the story-based songs, well-supported by her colleagues on keyboards, drums, guitar and saxophone. Driving rhythms with percussive interludes and some theatricality would see the group slot nicely in to WomAdelaide.

Louise Nunn - The Advertiser

The Mamaku Project performed at SoCo Cargo Club in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Thurs 21st February 2008
- The Advertiser, Adelaide (AUS)


The Mamaku Project’s sound was unique as they blended Eastern European influences with French and those of Pacifica; a place where the musical styles and cultures merged. Their integrated blend included typical jazz solo breaks and an eclectic mix of rhythms that challenged the feet to stay still with a hypnotic vocal presence. Their music began to inhabit a unique form, from there it mutated with free spirit as a natural consequence of events into a new habitat; their music was the uncharted journey where one became totally intoxicated with the plethora of little solos in a variety of styles. Nomad could not be faltered with its sensuous melodies. Loved the show!

Reviewed by Andrew Buchanan-Smart
17th February 2008 - Waikato Times
- Waikato Times (NZ)


With beats from the Carib¬bean, melodies from the Middle East, lyrics in French and English and a line-up that takes in trombones, turn¬tables and accordion, the Mamaku Project’s Karekare conjures up a nomadic past. But its birthplace was Auckland’s West Coast, current home of the project’s central couple, singer/lyricist Tui Mamaki and bassist/producer Monsieur Escargot. And exotic scales and jazzy improvisations are interwoven with familiar images of sand and sea in an impressive fusion, highlighted by Mamaki’s powerful, microtonal vocals.

NICK BOLLINGER
Reviews "Karekare" by The Mamaku Project for THE LISTENER March 31st 2007
- The Listener (NZ)


French-Kiwi co-founders Monsieur Escargot and Tui Mamaki celebrate a range of song styles on this album, celebrating NZ’s tall native fern with the title of the group and in turn sprouting their own version of NZ song, taking Pacifica, dub/reggae and jazz styles with a distinctly cinematic weave. “Cirque” showcases the French element, with accordion pumping along behind a sizzling hi-hat and a boom-bap bass line. Mamaki’s vocals are highlighted, but the stellar cast of local musicians (Chris O’Connor, Manuel Bundy, John Ellis) creates exciting, original arrangements to house the tunes. A new national treasure.

Simon Sweetman – North & South
- North & South NZ


"...Over on the tiny Dell Stage, the organisers have underestimated the popularity of New Zealand act the Mamaku Project. Punters are climbing trees, clambering up banks and using the toilet steps as a grandstand to get a peek at the rootsy dub act, with a French twist..."

Scott Kara – NZ HERALD
- NZ Herald


Some of the best music I have ever heard! This concert was the culmination of the BOI Arts Festival programme and in true tradition it seems the best was left to last. Rarely have I seen so much talent and creativity in a group of musicians, no matter what genre. The core duo Tui Mamaki and Monsieur Escargot are responsible for the unique original compositions and brilliant arrangements that also include input from the rest of the band. A magical combination of prodigious talent including the formidable dexterity of Craig Denham on keyboard and accordion, the magnificent sounds created by John Ellis on saxophones and bass clarinet, the awesome technical skills of Finn Scholes on Trumpet and flugelhorn and the dynamic, sympathetic rhythms of drummer Simon Walker. Together with outstanding vocals from Tui – here is a singer who knows how to use her voice as an instrument – and keeping it all together on bass and keyboard Monsieur Escargot. This group is definitely one of a kind.

Mike Nettmann
ABOUT THE ARTS

The Mamaku Project performed at The Centre in Kerikeri, 24th March 2008
- The Northern Advocate (NZ)


Discography

2005: Demo EP
2007: "Karekare"
2008: "Mal de Terre"

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Bio

The Mamaku Project is born from the meeting of two French-NewZealander artists in 2004 at the Errobiko Festival in the Basque Country (France). Tui Mamaki, evocative voice, over multi-lingual poetry, calls Monsieur E., Parisian musician and NZ expat. This experience started a desire, sketches and a sound aesthetic…

In 2007, they co-produce their first LP “Karekare” which received critical acclaim and sales of +3000 in NZ.
Linking peoples, landscapes and languages with their unique and festive style
The Mamaku Project have been making waves in the NZ Arts/Music Festival scene

In late 2008, they released their second opus “ Mal de Terre” with the help of a recording grant by Creative NZ, followed by their first national NZ tour.

In 2009, a new show is launched for the Auckland Festival at the Famous Spiegeltent. They have taken their material from both albums and remixed it to fit into the late nights club scene: the ElectrOrganic sessions are born.
2009 is also their first European Tour with dates in France, Holland and Germany.

Some words from reviewers on the albums and live shows:

“I have been utterly seduced… a smart, slightly sassy, supremely confident and utterly engaging album.” **** Graham Reid - NZ Herald/ Elsewhere

« Truly sexy sound… » Groove Guide

« Not only does it deserve to be listened to, it deserves to be embraced ! »
**** Phil Reed. Real Groove.

“…Sprouting their own version of New Zealand song, taking in Pacifica, dub/reggae and jazz styles with a distinctly cinematic weave. A new national treasure.”
Simon Sweetman – North & South

"They will surprise you from start to finish…It’s a big call, but I haven’t heard anyone like The Mamaku Project before…” **** Peter Thornton - Rip It Up

“ Wild West Coast Cabaret… silky soul dub” Scott Kara – NZ Herald

“… a very impressive show, weaving a dense musical web of sounds including sultry and moody dub, mixed with quintessentially French and bohemian melodies and enchanting elements of the east… giving off a very theatrical exuberance…Can’t wait ‘til they return!”
Luke Balzan - RIP IT UP n971 (Australia)

“Some of the best music I have ever heard… A magical combination … unique compositions, brilliant arrangements… outstanding vocals, here is a singer who knows how to use her voice as an instrument… one of a kind.” Mike Nettmann - Northern Advocate NZ

"...Over on the tiny Dell Stage, the organisers have underestimated the popularity of NZ act The Mamaku Project. Punters are climbing trees, clambering up banks and using the toilet steps as a grandstand to get a peek at the rootsy dub act, with a French twist..."
Scott Kara for the Herald @ Womad 07

SHOWS 2009

23 Sept-4 Oct- 2009 WORLD OF WEARABLE ARTS AWARDS SHOW, Wellington, NZ
29 Aug- AARDE FESTIVAL, Amsterdam, NEDERLANDS
22 Aug- CAFÉ MANO, Berlin, GERMANY
21 Aug- KAFFEE BURGER, Berlin, GERMANY
17 Aug- LUSTSPIELHAUS, Munich, GERMANY
31 July- LA DAME DE CANTON, Paris, FRANCE
26 June- FUSION FESTIVAL, Berlin, GERMANY
20 June- FETE DE LA MUSIQUE, Les Roches de Condrieu, Isere, FRANCE
29 April- FESTIVAL OF COLOURS, Wanaka, NZ
15 April- 15 May- ARTS ON TOUR, 23 dates across NZ
9 April – KHUJA LOUNGE, Auckland, NZ
21 March- MIGHTY MIGHTY, Welliington, NZ
21 March- CULTURE FESTIVAL, Palmerston North, NZ
15 March- TITIRANGI FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, Auckland, NZ
13 March- SPIELGELTENT, Auckland Festival 09, NZ
21 Feb- CUBA STREET CARNIVAL, Wellington, NZ
31 Jan- LUMINATE FESTIVAL, Takaka, NZ
24 Jan- AUCKLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL, Auckland, NZ
18 Jan- ORGANIC RIVER FESTIVAL, Levin, NZ

SHOWS 2008

30 Nov- MAL DE TERRE RELEASE TOUR, Dux de Lux, Queenstown, NZ
29 Nov- MAL DE TERRE RELEASE TOUR, Backstage, Dunedin, NZ
28 Nov- MAL DE TERRE RELEASE TOUR, Al’s Bar, Christchurch, NZ
22 Nov- MAL DE TERRE RELEASE TOUR, Aunt Daisy Porirua NZ
21 Nov- MAL DE TERRE RELEASE TOUR, Hope Bros Wellington NZ
14 Nov- MAL DE TERRE RELEASE TOUR, 4 :20 Auckland NZ
9 Nov- PARNELL FESTIVAL OF ROSES, Auckland NZ
18 Oct- NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL, Neudorf Winery, NZ
17 Oct- NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL. Founders Mainstage. NZ
16 Oct- NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL Street Party, NZ
18 July - IMST Arts Club, AUSTRIA
12,13 Apr - LITTLEWEED FESTIVAL Katikati NZ
29 Mar - TITIRANGI Music Festival Opening, Tangiwai Reserve NZ
21,22,23 Mar - BAY OF ISLAND ARTS FESTIVAL. Northland NZ
20-29 Feb – ADELAIDE Fringe Festival, Garden of Unearthly Delights AUSTRALIA
17 Feb – HAMILTON GARDENS Festival NZ
4, 5 Jan - JAMBALAYA Festival, Rotorua NZ
3 Jan - THE COLOSSEUM, Tauranga NZ
1 Jan - PRANA Festival, Coromandel NZ

SHOWS 2007:

31 Dec - FIRST LIGHT Aotea Square Auckland NZ
17 Nov - GREY LYNN PARK FESTIVAL Nikau Stage NZ
17 Nov- WHAMMY BAR- GYPSY FEVER PARTY- Auckland NZ
14, 16 Nov- ELLERSLIE FLOWER SHOW - Manukau NZ
24 Oct - TAURANGA ARTS FESTIVAL - Pacifica Crystal Palace NZ
10,11 Aug - TARANAKI ARTS FESTIVAL – Hawera and New Plymouth NZ
28 Jul - CHRISTCHURCH ART