The Mamaku Project is born from the collaboration of two Kiwi/French artists at Errobiko Festibala (France) in 2004. Tui Mamaki, evocative bi-lingual vocalist, calls on multi-instrumentalist / producer, Monsieur E. This collaboration sparks a vision for a music that could bridge their cultures – that could foster dialogue between European and South Pacific roots.
In 2007, they produced their first LP “Karekare” which received critical acclaim and sales of +3000 in NZ. Weaving French quirkiness, Electro-Jazz and Dub, created in the breathtaking wilderness of West-coast Aotearoa, this one-of-a-kind poetry rides infectious earthy grooves.
The unique festive style of their live show soon made waves on the NZ Arts/Music Festival scene, particularly wowing crowds at WOMAD NZ. A second opus “Mal de Terre” was released in 2008 followed by an NZ/Australia tour. In 2009, a new show was launched at AK09 Festival in The Famous Spiegeltent. “Electr-O-rganic Sessions” remixed material from both albums, along with new tracks, in a live-electro club style.
Throughout 2010/11 “Electr-O-rganic Sessions” toured Europe, Canada and Korea, where festival and club audiences alike welcomed it as a cutting-edge breath of fresh air from the South Pacific, yet equally evocative of the co-founders European roots.
In 2012, “Metamorphosis” took the stage, featuring live-art projection by “Lupavision” (aka Paul Bradley), expanding on the project’s already strongly visual character. The collaboration transports one into a hypnotizing saltimbanque aesthetic, where image and sound exalt each other’s rhetoric, delivering a tender and dynamic journey through themes of circus, freedom, cross-cultural identity, travel and transformation.
“Metamorphosis” features a collection of fresh compositions, currently being recorded in studio, toward a third album.