Te Kaitiaki

by Kirsten Te Rito

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    releases May 1, 2020

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Nā Wai Te Wai I Takoha Mai?
Mā Wai Rā E Whakarongo?
Me Āta Tipu Noa


RELEASE 1st May 2020

Te Kaitiaki is the latest musical offering from NZ artist Kirsten Te Rito.

Featuring five tracks sung exclusively in Te reo Māori, Te Kaitiaki is infused with electronic beats, atmospheric synths and catchy hooks.

In the title track Te Kaitiaki , Kirsten paints the story of a surreal encounter on a beach on new years day. After whispering a waiata (song) and karakia (prayer) for the coming year to Tangaroa - the god of the ocean - a formidable black seal appears and stands in the crashing waves before her leaving her awestruck. The animated story is paired with with modulating synths and pulsing bass lines, helping to convey the excitement of the encounter with the seal, and ultimately Tangaroa.


releases May 1, 2020

Produced by James Illingworth and Kirsten Te Rito


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Kirsten Te Rito New Zealand

Kirsten Te Rito is a vocalist, songwriter and producer from Wellington, New Zealand.

Earthy beats, lush soundscapes and Kirsten's hypnotic melodies, take you on a sonic journey while showcasing the beautiful Māori language.

She has released two solo Māori language albums and her five track EP 'Te Kaitiaki' is due for release in April 2020.
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Track Name: Te Kaitiaki
Ka tū au i te ākau 
I te atatū o te tau hou
Karanga ai ki a Tangaroa 

Ka īnoi au, ka waiata au
Ka īnoi au, ka waiata au
Me kore ia e rongo mai

Puta ohorere mai - i te huka mā o te tai 
Ko Tangaroa e toro mai nei e - aue

Te Kaitiaki o te moana
Te Atua o te moana
Te Mana o te moana
Tangaroa e!

Te tinana o te kēkeno - pango nui - aue!
Ka hotu taku manawa

He tuatahi nōku ki te karanga ki te moana
Me te whai whakautu e!

Te Kaitiaki o te moana
Te Atua o te moana
Te Mana o te moana
Tangaroa e

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