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The Mamaku Project

French Kiwi Musicians


The Tauranga Art Gallery has just confirmed renowned music act, the Mamaku Project, to play at the Gallery on Friday 21 February at 7.30pm as part of their Twigs of Gold album release tour. Seemingly next to impossible to pigeonhole, the two French Kiwis - who will play with a six piece band and have visuals by Lupavision at their Gallery gig - who make up this duo have a reputation for thrilling performances.

Limited tickets available NOW at the Gallery for $30 Adults, $25 Students/ Friends of the Gallery. You will not want to miss this!

Listen to an interview on Radio NZ  and/or  listen to a clip

The Mamaku Project is born from the meeting of two French-New Zealander artists in 2004 at the Errobiko Festival in the Basque Country (France). Tui Mamaki, evocative multi-lingual voice, calls on Monsieur E., Parisian musician and NZ expat. This experience starts a desire, sketches and a sound aesthetic…

In 2006, they co-produce their first LP “Karekare” which received critical acclaim and sales of +3000 in NZ. A concoction weaving French quirkiness, GypsyPacifica and scents of fine ElectroOriental-Jazz. Created in the breathtaking wilderness of West-coast Aotearoa, this one-of-a-kind poetry rides infectious earthy grooves with a sprinkling of circus…

Linking peoples, landscapes and languages with their unique and festive style The Mamaku Project have been making waves in the NZ Arts/Music Festival scene since. In late 2008, they released their second opus “ Mal de Terre”, followed by their first national NZ tour. 

In 2009, a new show is launched at the Auckland Festival in The Famous Spiegeltent. They have taken material from both albums, and some still to be released, and remixed it to fit into the late-night club scene. The ElectrOrganic sessions are premiered with the creative direction of choreographer Wilheemena Isabella Monroe. After touring the electro show in Europe with shows in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Amsterdam The Mamaku Project are back on the roads in Aotearoa/NZ with THE ELECTRoRGANIC SESSIONS (see for full tour details...)

“Wild flavours of French Cabaret Flirt with the pulse of Electro-Oriental-Jazz… 
An intoxicating affair of multi-lingual noir poetry, conjuring Balkan dance floors, spliced with a sprinkling of circus…”

Band Members:
For ElectrOrganic Sessions NZ TOUR 2010:

Tui Mamaki (vocals)
Monsieur Escargot (bass, keyboards, production)
Finn Scholes (trumpet)
Simon Walker (drums)
Carmel Courtney (saxophones)

Other Collaborating Artists Include:

Craig Denham (accordion)
John Ellis (saxophones)
Oliver Emmit (trombone)

and more...

Craig Denham (accordian, keyboards)
Kingsley Melhuish (trumpet, trombone)
Sally Howe (vocals)
Hershal Hersher (accordian)
Dan Freeman (saxophone)
Chris O'Connor (drums)
King Home Boy (beatbox)
Manuel Bundy (turntables)