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Me Auraki Mai

by Ahi-Kaa

Soulful R'n'B/Pop from New Zealand with an upbeat mix of English and te reo Māori lyrics.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ko Tenei Ahau
4:23 $0.99
2. The Game
3:31 $0.99
3. Glaze
3:20 $0.99
4. Complications
4:42 $0.99
5. All I Can
4:25 $0.99
6. Me Auraki Mai
3:54 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Ahi-Kaa are:

Shaun Taiaki
Te Rau-o-te-Rangi Winterburn
David Butterfield

Shaun, Te Rau and David formed Ahi-Kaa in 1998 after meeting in various stage productions on the Kapiti Coast. Their mutual love of music, singing and theatre led them to start crafting folk-pop songs before transitioning to the glorious synth-pop of Glaze among others. Glaze was the first song recorded in the long hazy summer of 1998/1999. It was a challenge, but the resulting song has proven to be a symbol of the earnest age they were at and the polished three piece they were to become.

Following many gigs on the coast, a brief hiatus whilst Te Rau recorded with Aaria, and opening for Dave Dobbyn for Wellington Anniversary day the lads made a momentous decision: to uproot their entire lives in the North Island and move south to Christchurch. Having landed jobs within Ngai Tahu’s very own radio station, Tahu FM, Ahi-Kaa found itself with almost unlimited access to a full production studio. It was time to get busy!

Te Rau brought Aaria’s producer/engineer/song writer, Carlos Marsh, down from Auckland to produce a handful of tracks that were to form the core of an album. It was in these sessions that The Game, Complications as well as Te Reo Māori versions of All I Can and I Got What You Want were completed.

With these tracks done and dusted, it became clear life had other ideas for the trio. Eighteen months after moving to Christchurch, Ahi-Kaa moved back to the capital to pursue bigger and brighter dreams. With an invitation to perform two tracks for the Pasifika Beats grand final, coupled with huge buzz from the South performing to huge live audiences, the lads looked set to take New Zealand by storm.

Unfortunately, the pop-star life had taken its toll. As 2004 quietly dissolved into 2005, Ahi-Kaa dissolved along with it. The trio went their separate ways, Shaun to England, Te Rau back Christchurch with David remaining in Wellington.

But those songs would not stay quiet. With so much blood, sweat and tears shed in crafting them it became clear they needed to be released, and now the modern era offered alternatives to releasing original music that didn’t rely on the large music labels. The trio came together in late 2014 to start the process of preparing the recorded material for release.

It was time for Ahi-Kaa to once more burn brightly.

We hope you enjoy this EP. There are so many people to thank who helped us over the years. Dozens and dozens of you gave freely of your time and expertise. You know who you are. This EP wouldn’t be the same without you.

EP Production Credits:

Ahi-Kaa – all production, vocals, guitars, keyboards and midi programming except for:

Carlos Marsh – guitars, additional vocals, midi programming and production on All I Can, Complications, Ko Tenei Ahau, Me Auraki Mai and The Game

Martin Pitt - original midi arrangement of Glaze

George Nepia III - production on Glaze



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