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Island Group Brings Popular Pacific Influence to the Stage

Island Group Brings Popular Pacific Influence to the Stage



Who: Manuhiri
Where: Northern Star Hotel
Author: Jade Lazerevic
When: Sunday August 12, 2001

WITH the perfect combination of traditional heritage and influences from contemporary music, Manuhiri creates some of the finest vocal harmonies in the country.

The three-piece Pacific island act will perform an emotive acoustic set at the Northern Star Hotel on Sunday night.

Manuhiri combines the talents of Maea Martin, Ora Barlow and Seini Taumoepean who originate from New Zealand and Tonga.

Group members now live on the north coast of Australia and have become a popular addition to the many festivals held around Australia.

With its rich strong vocal abilities, the group has enchanted audiences across the country since its formation two years ago.

Last year, the group released its debut EP titled She Alone Is Sovereign and was finalist for Female Artists of the Year at the World Music Awards this year.

The group offers audiences a traditional performance filled with Pacific-twinged dance movements and a mix of funky grooves and percussion.

In the past the group has shared the stage with Tiddas and Leah Purcell at festivals such as The National Folk Festival and The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available for $7 at the door.



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