Friday, February 04, 2011

RIP Ike Metekingi (Maori Hi Five)


"Sad news today as Ike Metekingi, founder/leader of the Maori Hi Five (widely regarded as the first Maori Showband) passed away this morning at Whanganui Hospital.

As the lead guitarist in the Wellington based group - who came to prominence all the way back in 1955 - Ike helped pave the way for a generation of Maori rock'n'roll "showbands", crafting an act that incorporated comedy, country music, traditional Maori songs, and dance music of the era.

The tangi will be held at Putiki Marae, Whanganui on Friday 4th February."

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