Topic: NZ Music

Two Te Kūiti brothers draw in huge Māori following

By Gloria (Korōria) Taumaunu
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

It is NZ Music Month and two brothers from the heart of King Country have embarked on a new journey after forming their own band. Regan and Sasha Perry are Pākehā but 90% of their audience are Māori.

The brotherly duo grew up in foster homes in Te Kūiti and have always had an affinity towards the Māori people.

“Māori are all about aroha, their kaupapa is aroha and caring and people and so they brought me in and sort of raised me and so that's why my kaupapa is still Māori,” says Sasha Perry.

Regan has had some success in music, once playing with Cornerstone Roots and later overseas in places like the Gold Coast and Japan. Sasha says they've been collaborating since childhood.

“We're from a family of musicians, like four generations of Aotearoa musicians.  He's amazing and we've been writing songs together ever since must be about five, maybe younger,” Sasha explains.

With a gig for Jimmy Cliff under their belts and plans to open for Katchafire in Rotorua later this month, the future looks bright for these gifted musicians.