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About this project

Kia ora!

We are the Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) and we’re very excited to announce that we will be releasing our debut album titled "That’s Us!" in September this year. 

That’s Us! the album will feature all original waiata (songs) written by us and accompanied by some of our awesomely talented musician friends including Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper (Co-Producer/Strings), Dixon Nacey (Guitar), Chris O'Connor (Drums), Thabani Gapara (Saxophone), Andy Cochrane (Keyboard), Awhimai Fraser (Vocals) and Temuera Morrison (Vocals).

We strongly believe that real stories told with truth and conviction should be at the forefront of who we are – and that’s exactly what we set out to do with the creation of our first album.

As a taster, we are getting an opportunity to share a selection of these songs on our upcoming tour with the superb New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) – Summer Pops with the Modern Māori Quartet.

But we haven't always been this flash - choosing to stay independent and do it ourselves. Our first gig 5 years ago we split $50 amongst us and now here we are playing at 12 of the flashest garage parties in Aotearoa, NZ. This experience has inspired us even more to want to share our style of hearty, classy Māori entertainment with the world. 

With your help, we intend to do just that with our first original studio album! 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Putting together an album of course is no small feat and we need your help to raise NZ$40,000 to fund the final production, album release and make a chōice music video! 

It’s a large sum but we’re hoping that with your āwhina (help) and aroha (love), we can turn our dream into a reality. All contributions, no matter how small will make a difference so please spread the word, message your friends, call your whānau (family), share the aroha!

As a token of our appreciation, we’re offering some chōice rewards so make sure to check them out!

We can’t wait to share what we’ve created with you.

Arohanui kia koutou katoa,

MMQ x

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The award-winning Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) are a good looking, suave contemporary Māori showband in the vein of forebears such as the Hi-Marks, Māori Volcanics Showband, Māori Hi-Five, Quin Tikis and The Howard Morrison Quartet.

Accomplished actors/musicians James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora hail from different corners of Aotearoa to perform as the core members of MMQ, with Matu Ngaropo as Music Dramaturg/Director.

MMQ brings the concept of a Māori Ratpack into the present with a contemporary twist, weaving their acting and musical abilities together to tell stories, fusing hearty and humorous Māori storytelling with the Western tradition of showband entertainment.

MMQ’s work highlights New Zealand’s musical past and present through a repertoire that blends old school charm with modern pizzazz, featuring unique spins on Māori waiata, showband hits and pop music, all infused with the multi-talented Māori foursome’s irresistible charisma, sublime harmonies and universal humour.

MMQ aspires to be one of Aotearoa’s global cultural ambassadors, representing the revival of a proud heritage of world-class Māori showband entertainment, with relevance and appeal to today’s contemporary markets; at the heart of it all – hearty Māori entertainment.

Recent international touring and performance highlights include Salisbury International Arts Festival, St John’s Smith Square (London), Komedia (Brighton), Norwegian Church Arts Centre (Cardiff), Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival (Samarkand, Uzbekistan), Festival of Voices (Hobart), Hawaii Theatre Center (Honolulu), Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahilu Theatre (Hawaii Island), SingJazz Club (Singapore), Hard Rock Café (Sentosa Island, Singapore), PJ Live Arts Theatre (Selangor, Malaysia), Empire Cinema (Rarotonga), TEDxAuckland, New Zealand Festival (Wellington), Māorilands Film Festival (Ōtaki) and various New Zealand arts festivals.

MMQ will be performing at the Queensland Cabaret Festival and Darwin Festival later this year, and is currently negotiating multi-city tours in China and Germany, as well as their debut season at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Find us online:
Official Website • http://www.modernmaoriquartet.nz
Album Website • http://album.mmq.nz
Facebook • http://facebook.com/modernmaoriquartet
Instagram • http://instagram.com/modernmaoriquartet
YouTube • http://youtube.com/modernmaoriquartet
Twitter • http://twitter.com/modernmaoriq

For bookings or further information, please email us on enquiries@modernmaoriquartet.nz.

Risks and challenges

As this is our first Kickstarter project and it's an all-or-nothing platform, we do carry a bit of anxiety around meeting this financial challenge....it's only natural right? We want to take the time to make this album the best it can possibly be by financially supporting the post production process and letting as many people as possible know about it! Oh and of course make a mean music video!

We have chosen Kickstarter so our awesome fans can be a part of the process, follow us along the way, get behind the scenes knowledge and connect with us.

We've been very blessed throughout the writing and recording process - receiving an amazing amount of support and aroha (love) from a host of amazingly, talented people. We have no doubt because of this tautoko (support) the 'That’s Us!' album will be a success.

We've already got a chōice team and overall strategy in place for the next stage of the voyage and your help will go a long way to getting us across that finish line!

We look forward to keeping you in the loop with updates, video blogs and news as we journey along towards the launch of our debut original album!

Chur! (or Mauri Ora!)

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    Massive Aroha from MMQ!

    We give you our eternal gratitude plus a virtual hongi (i.e. we'll list your name on our album website)!

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    A Copy of Our Album 'That's Us!'

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    MMQ Limited Edition Tee

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    MMQ Limited Edition Tea Towels

    The best looking dish dryer you'll ever find! Two designs – That's Us! and Kai Song. We love these. You'll love them too. (100% cotton. Fuu.)

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    The Album & Tee Deal

    Why choose when you can have both! Fuuu...! Plus you get our a set each of our awesome badges and postcards!

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    The MMQ Combo Deal

    A hearty meal of everything you need! The album, the tee, the tea towel, the postcards, the badges, the signed poster... all yours!

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    Have MMQ Cover a Song of your Choice!

    What would you like to hear us play? It’s up to YOU! We’ll send you a private link to view our take on your song and send you a signed CD of our album 'That's Us!' – choice as!

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    The Limited Edition Vinyl Deal

    Get your hands on one of 50 special signed limited edition vinyls of our first album along with a few other goodies!

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    Online Performance & Chat with MMQ

    Chill with us online and treat yourself to some sweet harmonies by yours truly, MMQ. (1 hours)

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    Guitar Lessons with Maaka & Jam Session

    Private lessons with the musical Māori jukebox himself – Mr Maaka Pohatu with a singing experience with the rest of the boys! (1 hour guitar session plus 1 hour with the boys)

    *ONLY Available in Auckland, New Zealand*

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    MMQ Whisky & Jam Session

    Fancy yourself a bit of a whisky connoisseur? Join the boys for an evening tasting 5 different types of whiskies accompanied by a wee musical jam! (1.5 hours whisky tasting plus 1.5 hours jamming with the boys)

    *ONLY Available in Auckland, New Zealand*

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    Kai with the MMQ Whānau

    Bring 5 of your best mates/whānau (family), hang with the boys at MMQ HQ and eat some of the best home cooked Malaysian food in New Zealand while enjoying a mini concert! There will be whisky. :)

    *ONLY Available in Auckland, New Zealand*

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    MMQ Charity Performance

    Have MMQ perform for a charity of your choice (1 hour show). Plus we'll donate $1,000 to the charity. Do good and feed your favourite artists (That's Us!), at the same time. Fuuuuu. Genius.

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    The MMQ Experience

    No holds barred (well maybe some, for your sake), we’ll treat you to a private performance in your own backyard! (or somewhere else if you like, it’s up to you!)

    *ONLY Available at limited locations across the North Island, New Zealand*

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