Māori and indigenous Aboriginal cultures will both be part of Six60’s upcoming shows going off an Instagram post the band made.
“Rehearsal footage of these two beautiful cultures coming together,” the caption of the post reads.
“So proud and excited to share this with you all! We love the connective power of music. Imagine the cultures we can connect with the world over… #dontforgetyourroots”
How good is the look on Matiu Walter’s face as he watches over the rehearsal that encompasses both indigenous down-under cultures? That’s the look of a man whose plan is coming together.
Commenters on the post love what Six60 is doing here, with many talking about how awesome it is to see the heritages come together.
“It’s only fitting that this is the stance taken in Australia,” one commenter said. “Indigenous to indigenous! Mana to mana!”
“Such a beautiful idea to add our indigenous brothers to the mix,” another person wrote.
“Thank you, this is so beautiful and powerful. As an Aussie who chose NZ as my home this brings me such heartfelt love,” a third added.
“OMGoodness both my tamariki cultures coming together! Mean Haati deadly,” one more wrote.
Six60 is heading to Perth on the 18th of February for the next stop on their ‘Castle Street Tour’ so I guess that’s where we’ll see the full indigenous x Māori cultural crossover.
The band has been huge supporters of recognising and embracing heritage over recent years.
After an Aussie news host dissed that the band made tour posters that were all in Te Reo, they released a video showing the 50,000-strong crowd at Eden Park singing along to their Māori language version of ‘Don’t Forget Your Roots’ titled ‘Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō’ and the Ngā Tūmanako kapa haka group performing the powerful ‘Ka Mate’ haka.