New app explores music of 1960s Māori showbands

By Online News - Rereātea
  • South Island

A new app 'The Showband Mix-O-Matic' is set to take users back in time to the 1960s, to explore the era in which Māori Showbands thrived.

Its creator and content developer, Lou Kewene Doig says she wanted to create a connection between Māori music history and bringing a "meaningful experience to the digital user." 

Lou's father was part of the 1960's Māori showband "The Māori Castaways". When her father passed away while she was still very young, she began researching the Māori showband history as a way of connecting with her father's rich musical history.

The app takes short musical loops and lets the user remix them. The app's interface mimics the type of mixing desk seen in the 1960s.

Lou says, "What makes this app special is that the musical loops are edited from a re-recorded version of the 1963 song "Poi Poi Twist" by Rim.D Paul and the Quin Tikis."

She adds, "There's no pre-determined way the loops can be put together so that the user is creating a unique piece of music. It's a way of introducing users to Māori music history in a fun and exciting way."

The Showband Mix-O-Matic app will launch this Saturday 9 July at the "It's a Māori Melody" theatre performance in Dunedin. 

"It's a Māori Melody" is an event that allows the audience to reminisce the sounds of Māori Showband music and Māori experiences of Dunedin in the 1960s. 

The launch will be live streamed through the Māori Girl Creative Facebook page