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Māori Showbands: Turning up the volume.

Date: Thursday 28 May 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free.
Location: Online — RSVP for a link to join this talk
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
Part of the NZ Music Month 2020 series

Interested in Māori Showbands? Join Louise Kewene-Doig (Waikato, Maniapoto) as she shares her PhD research journey as a daughter of a Māori Showband member, including stories and histories from Māori performers of the 1960s.

Entertainers, composers, performers

The Māori Showband movement was a musical phenomenon unique to New Zealand. Māori Showbands is a name I use to describe over 80 individual performers and groups which span between the 1950s to the 1980s as a collective whānau (family) group.

The Māori Showbands were entertainers, composers, performers, and above all, incredible musicians. These talented individuals formed musical groups that travelled all over the world and were famous all over the world but were less recognised here in New Zealand.

Hear from a daughter of a Māori Showband member

My presentation will explore my PhD research journey as a daughter of a Māori Showband member, researching stories and histories from a selection of Māori Performers knowledge and experiences of the 1960s. Their expertise and musicianship all framed through the Māori Showband movement.

Join us via Zoom

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About the speaker

Louise Kewene-Doig (Tainui, Maniapoto) is a creator of music, a podcaster, multimedia exhibition creator, app developer and scholar. Louise taught Studio Production for many years at the University of Otago and is part of the creative community embedded in Ōtepoti (Dunedin). She is passionate about sharing her journey and knowledge of Māori popular music history. Louise has a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music from the University of Otago, where she is in her final year of her PhD studies.

A gorup of Māori performers standing around a drumkit.
The Maori castaways. Phote: Louise Kewene-Doig’s personal collection.