Another break-out artist from Te Reo collective Maimoa. Following Kaaterama Pou‘s gorgeous solo EP last year, Pere has just released his energetic debut single High On Ingoingo. Originally hailing from the far north, Pere’s big voice and great knack for catchy, bilingual songwriting, (not to mention the fabulous sense of style and dancing) convinced NZ On Air Music to feature him on their NewTracks compilation in July.
My full name is Pere Te Ruru o Te Ramana Wihongi. (Long I know, lol.)
I’m a self-taught guitarist, ukulele-ist and on triangle. Ok, maybe not the triangle…
Mainly known for co-managing and performing for Māori pop group Maimoa, who are currently the most watched Te Reo Māori content on the internet. It’s been an amazing journey and I still manage and support the team.
Kapa haka! I believe it has developed my performance so much and I wouldn’t be the performer I am without it. From physical dance to facial animation right down to my vocals! Plus it’s a holistic development that connects me to my ancestors, my spirituality, social circles and physical training. From performing to tutoring and composing.
It’s the debut of my solo career, so it’s been a lifetime of preparation and build up to finally have my dreams come true on June 7, 2019, when my single was released.
I was always composing random jingles and songs with friends, mainly to be funny. But I remember composing a full song and teaching it to my school in Year 9, and it’s been learning and developing ever since! Still developing to this moment!
It was a line I thought of when I would get excited about my future. Thinking and imagining different possibilities – I likened the feeling to being high on adrenaline – and swapped out a word for ‘ingoingo’ which means ‘desire’. Ka puta Mai ko High On Ingoingo. To which I paired it up with a melody that eventually became my hook.
The fact that it’s an incorporation of Māori and English – but also the style and flow of the song. I’m hoping to really push out the uniqueness of our language and also bring it forward to the modern world.
Growing up in a full immersion Māori schooling system – this song was really to prepare me to venture into the big wide world! Maintaining those values and principles I’ve always been taught and holding on to those aspirational dreams and goals I’ve always had, which was to travel the world with music and Te Reo Māori.
A little word to manawatītīfy – Manawa tītī is a Māori proverb likening someone’s drive and persistence to the heart of a tītī bird – a native coastal bird in the South Island that travels thousands of miles across the sea.
This song has been sitting in my pocket for the last 8 years. I was so fortunate to have Rei and Kog Studios provide a comfortable place and space to bring life into this project.
When you think of the light it’ll all fly by! This line here encourages everyone not to dwell in the hardships and failures on your respective journey to your dreams. Never a failure always a lesson! Think of the light and not the darkness.
I actually have no idea – but I know a song works for me when it resonates with my soul. If I can go to sleep, and still wake up the next morning singing the song, I know it’ll stick with others.
Well, hopefully in the next few months I’m able to release my first EP for the summer season. Mixing Te Reo Māori with a unique vibe of music and creating more good vibes for Aotearoa and the world.
Rob Ruha – Paremata Mene
Te Kakano – Tōrea
Teeks – If Only
As this is my first track I’m so fortunate that I’ve had the amount of support I’ve had. But people have always said – ‘ABOUT TIME!’ Well, all I have to say is, it’s not a race! Take time for quality and experience. There’s no rush at all! And only release when YOU are happy.
Love me some Māori development podcasts. Planting Seeds and Living By The Stars by Dr Rangimataamua.
‘AvataarPere’ on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.
I’m lucky to have the amazing Shae Sterling work on this production with Abe Mora and one of my favourite Kiwi Stylists Sammy Salsa, and Beat By Ben. All the credits and acknowledgements in the bio of the clip.