Modern Māori Quartet: Two Worlds (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Modern Māori Quartet: Two Worlds

Classic tunes, unique covers and traditional music performed with heart and soul

Imagine a Māori Rat Pack and you're halfway there. Much like Sinatra and co., the Modern Māori Quartet are about more than just music. There's charisma, comedy and charm alongside slick interpretations of classic tunes mixed with traditional music.

However, this isn't a straight concert; there are also elements of cabaret, theatre and dance woven into their show. It starts with sunny summer vibes but there's a story running through Two Worlds that adds another layer to the performance. There are themes of unfulfilled potential, hidden truths and the erosion of indigenous culture. In places it's genuinely funny, in others it's surprisingly poignant, as Koro, Big Bro, Uncle and Bub (aka James Tito, Matariki Whatarau, Francis Kora and Tainui Kuru) step forward to take their turn in the spotlight. The plot acts as a clever framework in which to drop covers of Elvis, Queen, Carpenters and more– all given a unique spin by the MMQ.

Unsurprisingly this group are already stars in their native New Zealand. Whilst they are fabulous singers offering some truly lovely vocal harmonies, what really wins the audience over is the heart and soul put into every song.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 27 Aug (not 13), 2.25pm, £12–£14 (£11–£13).

Modern Maori Quartet: Two Worlds

  • 4 stars

New Zealand's favourite showband, Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ), return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August with the world premiere of a new work five years in the making. Two Worlds brings about a timely return to Modern Māori Quartet's theatrical beginnings with a story full of heart and revelation. With signature…