To all of you in or near Whakatane, Ardijah is playing in Whakatane this coming Saturday. Come check us out. With the full band, Ardijah will take you on a journey back to when the FonkRock-Reggae & Polyfonk sound all started. With original Fonk Bassist back on Bass, ‘CaptainFonk’ aka Ryan Monga will slap the Fonk into you with the band playing some of the old school classics like; “Give me your number” “Take a Chance” “Jammin” the FonkRockReggae classic; “That’s the Way” & “Time Makes a Wine”. Like the title says’ “Time Makes a Wine, just like love, it grows stronger”. Enjoy!
This show is slick and those in Aotearoa NZ who have been exposed to the high fidelity of this Package have been blown away. (Check out comments on FaceBook) Everyone of these Divas has their own Flavor of Vocal Magic. Just when you thought you heard it all, along comes another taste of Honey making you melt back into your seat. And not too long from now, we take this to the shores of Australia. This will make you proud to be Aoteroarian. Put away your Pingers and set time aside to check this out. Don’t hear from someone else after it passes, hear it for yourself while you have the chance.
HONOUR – Matariki Celebration Tour Betty-Anne – Ria Hall – Whirimako – Maisey Rika
Four of New Zealand’s leading Wahine Waiata (Female Song Birds) are touring the North Island this July to honour and celebrate Matariki.
Poly-fonk queen Betty-Anne and the first lady of waiata Maori, Whirimako Black, blend their joint expertise with the ethereal sounds of Maisey Rika and the dynamic fusion of Ria Hall. Accompanied & backed by the ARDIJAH Players, lead by musical director, Percussionist & Drummer, Ryan Monga, with Kaitapu Monga on Bass Guitar & Synth, Rico Tali on Acoustic Guitar & Sax & Karl Benton On Keyboards.
The unique showcase of female talent will kick-off in Kaitaia on July 4 and travel around the North Island, ending with the last Aotearoa (NZ) date in Hastings on July 21.
Celebrating the Maori New Year, the self-produced tour has been 12 months in the making.
Paying tribute to their fans, and their musical inspirations, HONOUR will be an intimate performance of timeless classics, modern melodies, and concert-only collaborations.
“The connection the four of us have is a love of people,” says Betty-Anne. “Music is our vehicle to share that love. Matariki is a time of new beginnings and of remembrance. We are taking the time to share in those things with our audiences.
“HONOUR is about paying respect to everything in our lives. From the earth and air around us to our musical careers and the audiences that have put us there. As a collective, our audiences have given so much to us, this is a time to give back to them.”
To do that, HONOUR – Matariki Celebration Tour, is going to the people.
Shows take place in Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton cities, as well as the smaller regions and towns of Whangarei, Kaitaia, Kaikohe, Dargaville, Rotorua, Whakatane, Wanganui and Hastings.
To complete the tour, the show will then cross the ditch to Australia with performances planned in
Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast.
“Music empowers and uplifts, our audiences should expect to be wowed at this show,” says Betty- Anne. “We will combine our musical journeys and celebrate our signature songs while paying tribute to musicians, songwriters and artists who left us with their musical legacy.”
With a mixture of general admission and VIP seating the show caters to all. VIP tickets include a chef-prepared platter of kaimoana (seafood) and kaiwhenua (organic foods) as well as complimentary NZ Wine.
To showcase local talent, each concert will also include special guest artists from each region.
11 July – Whakatane – Liberty Centre
12 July – Rotorua – The Blue Baths
13 July – Hamilton – Kingsgate Hotel
14 July – Auckland – Dorothy Winston Centre, AGGS
19 July – Wanganui – Whanganui War Memorial Hall
20 July – Wellington – Pipitea Marae
21 July – Hastings – Assembly Room, Hawke’s Bay Opera House
Australia Dates: 2nd August – Rooty Hill RSA Sydney NSW 3rd August – Coolangatta Hotel Gold Coast QLD - 4th August The Charles Hotel Perth WA
HONOUR – Matariki Celebration Tour is produced by Polyfonk Productions
New Zealand folk song “Haere Mai” for Matariki Thursday 21 June 2012
This track plus The Best PolyFonk Album is available to purchase on iTunes
Kia orana Whanau,
Well, we’re already into the 2nd month of 2012. Wow! Time flies!
February in Aotearoa is the month we celebrate Aotearoa/New Zealand’s founding document/contract between Maori (Tangata Whenua/People of the land) and the Crown (England). This document is the cornerstone of our identity as the indigenous to this land and we keep it alive by celebrate with music and food, the 2 main necessities in life. Ardijah will be sharing in the festivities in Kawhai at this years Food Festival (KaiFest) and at the Waitangi Day Concerts held in Muriwai and Botany Downs Barry Curtis Park in Manukau City. See you there whanau.
Kia orana Kotou ka toatoa,
Hope the festive season was enjoyable but safe and you didn’t put on too much weight. The years are just flying by, 2011 came and went and now we have another new year ahead of us. Well, as always, we take the year as if it comes, what ever the universe provides and takes away, we are very thankful to be out there living life and playing music to everyone. Ardijah are looking forward to doing it again this year. We’ll be working on new stuff hopefully some new albums in the pipeline. We definitely have some new video clips coming out this year shot in Hawai’i and Hollywood LA filmed by our mate & Bro Mike from ‘Hakaboy Productions. Looking forward to showing those off. We’ll be bouncing between here and facebook so all good folks, see you soon. Capt Fonk.
3 NOVEMBER ~ THE ESPY, GERSHWIN ROOM, MELBOURNE
4 NOVEMBER ~ EMBASSY BALLROOM, PERTH
5 NOVEMBER ~ ROOTY HILL RSL, SYDNEY
6 NOVEMBER ~ FITZYS LOGANHOLME, BRISBANE
Woven into the music tapestry of one of New Zealand’s finest bands whom have graced our stages, followed our life’s journey and touched our hearts for some 28 years, Ardijah are taking their tour ‘LeVoyage’ to Aussie this November as part of the journey to share home grown music with our expat Kiwi community residing in Aussie who are always longing for the shores of Aotearoa. Accompanying Ardijah on the tour this year are our R&B Samoan brothers Adeaze, and well known Maori reggae jazz musician Ruia Aperahama, to also bring their sounds of home to your hearts.Ardijah’s recognition and contribution to the New Zealand Music Industry for over two decades has been recently honoured as recent recipients of the 2011 Waiata Maori Music ‘Industry Award’ and the 2010Pacific Music, Lifetime Achievement Award 2010.
The latest album, ‘The Best Poly Fonk’ was released November 2010 and is a definitive collection of their distinctive classic hits with a twist ~ the addition of four popular cover songs. Ardijahs’ fifth album thus far.