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Anika Moa will be performing songs from her new album Songs for Bubbas: In Between Nap Times at Tauranga Art Gallery.
Anika Moa will be performing songs from her new album Songs for Bubbas: In Between Nap Times at Tauranga Art Gallery.

Anika Moa is performing in Tauranga asking only for a gold coin entry - but those who turn out to see her will not be your typical concert-goers.

Moa talked to the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend while on the road to Wellington for the first show of her tour Songs For Bubbas.

I listened to everything growing up, but my two favourite bands were Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles.
Anika Moa

The last time Moa graced Tauranga with her presence was when she drove through on the way to Whakatane, but this time she would be "popping through" for an afternoon to perform as part of her tour.

The award winning musician said the tour was a "thank-you" to her fans who helped her crowdfund for her second children's album, Songs for Bubbas: In Between Nap Times.

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"There's no fanfare, and no press, I've done it all on Facebook," she said, and the response had been "really good".

As her first children's tour, she expected the crowd to be "dancing and screaming and crying at the same time, and listening intently to me", she joked.

Moa said she had adapted her music style with becoming a parent. "I evolve with my life," the Auckland mother of three said. "I write what I know."

As a child, she grew up listening to "lots of jazz, lots of blues, lots of rock".

"I listened to everything growing up, but my two favourite bands were Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles," she said.

She created the music for children, integrating Maori language throughout the albums and to offer parents music that would not drive them "crazy".

- Bay of Plenty Times

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