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Modern Māori Quartet impress international audiences

updated By Piripi Taylor, Tepara Koti

The acclaimed Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) is riding a wave of success as they look toward their next international performance. 

James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora are off to Hawai'i for two shows at Honolulu's Kumu Kahua Theatre on Monday and Tuesday. 

When the crew travelled to Asia, MMQ brother Jamie McCaskill stood in for Francis (Fran) who was unable to attend.

Their tour to Malaysia, Uzbekistan and Singapore last month resulted in them being judged the "Most Daring and Emotional Performance" at the 10th Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival in Samarkand. 

Updates have been posted to their social media platforms throughout their overseas adventures to date:

Photos / MMQ

Since returning home, they've had two sold-out performances at the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Following their two shows in Hawai'i, there's a show scheduled for Palmerston North on September 20, another in Whanganui on October 1, as well as Blenheim.

MMQ has confirmed that Fran will be joining the crew in Hawai’i but Jamie will be taking his place again to perform when they return for the Palmerston North, Whanganui & Blenheim shows.

Check out their website for more information.