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Hinewehi Mohi

Hinewehi Mohi.

Hinewehi Mohi is a well-known composer, singer and mother. She is part of a group of artists who have a strong commitment to the Māori language and tikanga Māori. Part of her success has been due to taking her music overseas, where she is most known for her album Oceania. Find out more about Hinewehi on her own website.

At what age did you start playing music and what did you play?

I can't play any musical instruments. I just hear a tune in my head and sing it to musicians who arrange the music.

What made you decide to be a singer and songwriter?

I grew up on a farm in Central Hawkes Bay. We always worked hard together as a family unit which has set me in good stead for my music and working careers.

My family is really important to me so I wanted to ask you how important is whānau to you and your music?

I'm Ngati Kahungunu and Ngai Tuhoe on my dad's side. I always have lots of aroha and support from all my whanau.

How did you form your band?

I don't actually have a band; I worked instead with a producer Jaz Coleman who brought session musicians together for the recording of my music.

At what age did you start playing music and what did you play?

I can't play any musical instruments. I just hear a tune in my head and sing it to musicians who arrange the music.

How does it make you feel to know that people admire and look up to you for your musical talent?

I'm very humbled by those who enjoy my music and show their appreciation. It feels good to have a positive impact on others.

I am thinking of becoming a musician so I was wondering what it is like to go on tours?

Touring is hard work and very unglamorous. It is the side of music I am least available for due to family commitments.

What do you think when you read reviews of your music?

Some reviews are good, some less so. I prefer to have anecdotal reviews from people I meet rather than newspaper or magazine reviews.

I was wondering where you would like to take your music in the future.

It is most rewarding to take Māori music to the world stage. My greatest critics are my own whanau. I value their opinion the most.

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