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MAISEY RIKA BIO
Maori singer/songwriter Maisey Rika, has one of Aotearoa's (New Zealand's) most impressive lead vocal style, fused with her honest and thought invoking messages.
Some have described her sound similar to Tracey Chapman or Sade, with a splash of India Arie. Her spine tingling vocals and fusion of English and Maori (Te Reo) lyrics is capturing the hearts of soul seekers both in New Zealand and abroad.
Maisey, now in her 20's, has released 2 albums both charting in NZTOP40 and gaining critical acclaim. "Heartfelt music and song showcasing what I believe to be one of the most arresting and beautiful voices to emerge from New Zealand, ever" says Paul Mclaney of Mushroom Music.
Her songs are filled with touching tales and the universal emotions of hardship, happiness, love, justice and sorrow we can all relate to. "Tohu" and her self titled EP explore many different arrangement styles. The ancestral sounds of traditional Maori instruments have been used along side energetic guitars, drums, animated horn sections and pure string sections.
Maisey won 4 out of 4 nominated categories at the 2010 Waiata Maori Music Awards including 'Best Maori Female Solo Artist Award' - which she won in 2009 as well, 'Best Maori Pop Album', Best Maori Song and Best Maori Songwriter of the year. She was also a nominee for the prestigious APRA songwriting 'Maioha Award' for her song 'Repeat Offender' in 2009.