HINA’s new single ‘Tararua’ is out now. Deeply personal and speaking to the poignant notion of reconciliation with her indigeneity, ‘Tararua’ is the first single of her upcoming EP Omen which is set to be delivered later this year. With the release landing on Matariki, a time for family and connection, HINA’s new single embodies the connection that she explores between herself and her ancestors and her land.
“Growing up I was pretty divorced from my indigeneity, with the effects of colonization effectively cutting ties between both sets of my grandparents and te ao Maori”, HINA says of the single. “I was about eleven when I started wondering what it actually meant to be Maori but there wasn’t anything in my immediate environment that allowed me to explore this further. I made it my mission as a teenager to find home – making the painful pilgrimage to both my parents’ marae and learning about where I come from.
‘Tararua’ speaks to how we can find solace in our whenua and look to our maunga for strength. It was important for me to lead my next project with this single. It’s been a long time coming but I feel like it’s finally time.”
Sharing her name with a deity of the moon known throughout Polynesia, HINA (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Raukawa) is an artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Aotearoa. After being discovered and mentored by Six60’s Marlon Gerbes, ‘Tararua’ is her debut single with Massive Records; now poised to usher in a richer sonic era with a heavier nod towards the musical influences from her formative years.
HINA was discovered and mentored by Six60’s Marlon Gerbes and supported Six60 at their Six60 Saturdays Dunedin Show.
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