Ria Hall returns with the release of her new album, Manawa Wera. Inspired by classic reggae & soul records of the 1970’s such as Third World & Jimmy Cliff, Manawa Wera presents a classic reggae sound in a modern Aotearoa context.
Manawa Wera is an entire project that has been created with the intention of ensuring and upholding the mana of Aotearoa reggae. Each aspect of the project, from the sonic feel of each instrument, to the name of the album, has been done in service of its reggae foundations. While drawing inspiration from the likes of Steel Pulse, Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie and Herbs, Manawa Wera above all sounds like Ria Hall - the sound of a wahine Māori.