One Christmas present sorted. My parents are going to love the album Waiata (Maori Showbands, Balladeers & Pop Stars).
This 50-track collection has got it all - Uncle Howie, Billy T, Prince Tui Teka and real old favourites like The Volcanics and The Quin Tikis.
It's a retrospective of popular music between the mid 1950s and the early 1980s and proves Maori are the Jamaicans of the sunrise - like in Jamaica, every man and his kuri can sing. It's all here: guitar party anthems, Kiwi kitsch and some real gems; Bunny Walters with Brandy and both songs by Mark Williams - Sweet Wine and Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of My Life. A version of What Now My Love by The Quin Tikis is so wacky it's awesome. But my favourite listen? Sir Howard with the Beatlesque song Don't Let It Get You.