In 2006, Moana and the Tribe completed a 25 gig tour of Europe and had the distinction of being the first New Zealand band known to have performed in the former Soviet Union - playing at a private party hosted in Moscow's First Club, then at Le Club.
Moana won the grand prize at the 2003 International Songwriting Competition with her song "Moko".
More DetailsHide DetailsIn 2004, the group included Spain into a European tour for the first time. The band headlined the Etnosur Festival in Jaen to an audience of 5000, where they appeared live on Spanish TV news and received excellent reviews.
Described as ‘brilliant’ by The Beat (USA, 2004), ‘New Zealand's most exciting music export’ (Marie Claire, 2002), ‘music of great depth and beauty’ (New Zealand Herald, 2003) and gaining two rave reviews from a reputedly scathing critic in Germany's largest daily newspaper (Süddeutsche Zeitung 2002, 2004), Moana has developed her profile.
In 1987, she released "Kua Makona," as part of an effort to show N Z youth the consequences of alcohol abuse, and the song even featured in the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand Top 50 singles chart.
More DetailsHide DetailsBoth her recorded and stage performances have seen the band, Moana and the Tribe, tour throughout the world, performing over 120 international concerts since their formation in 2002 and cementing their reputation as one of the most successful indigenous bands to emerge from New Zealand.
The band's CD Toru entered the European World Music Charts at 17. The CD was followed up a year later with the DVD Live & Proud (Pirate / Sony Records.). A one hour TV special on Moana & the Tribe outrated Lenny Kravitz and Santana on a rival channel when Bavarian Television screened the band's Chiemsee Summer Festival performance. Moana & the Tribe represented New Zealand at the Cultural Olympiads in both Sydney (1998) and Athens (2003).
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