Te Whakamiha

by Anna Coddington / 2024

Release Notes

ALBUM OUT JUNE 28

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One of NZ’s most acclaimed musicians, Anna Coddington presents the funk filled new album, Te Whakamiha, a bilingual body of work in te reo Māori & English. The album release on June 28th coincides with Matariki.

The album moves effortlessly from te reo Māori to English, bringing a sound which Coddington has herself described loosely as “Māori funk”. Across eight tracks, the album encompasses Prince-inspired funk, neo-soul, R&B & disco vibes, presenting te reo Māori in a unique style & sound. Playful throughout with memorable hooks and singalong choruses in both te reo and English, Te Whakamiha is a release with its own vibe and style, yet distinctly belongs to Coddington. 

The album’s title Te Whakamiha comes from a rough translation of the name of Coddington’s longtime band - The Appreciations. The name also shows an expression of gratitude to Coddington’s dual journeys in music and in te reo Māori. After spending years studying te reo Māori, 2021 saw Coddington release Mana-Wā-Hine, an award-winning release featuring tracks from the album Beams translated into te reo Māori. Te Whakamiha is Coddington’s first entirely new project created in te reo Māori, with sprinklings of English throughout.

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