Maori musician Matiu "The Hook" Te Huki is known for his amazing vocal skills and energy, his ability to powerfully connect with and lift a crowd with his mesmerising stage presence while fronting great bands or with his solid solo looping show.
As a singer songwriter, the soul stirring messages in Matiu's music are positive, inspiring and unifying. Matiu's soulful roots music has a strong Maori flavor, using haka, chants and traditional Maori instruments, backed by grabbing grooves, deep, beautifully crafted bass lines, funky rhythms and magical melodies that stay with you well after the show ends, all held up by a pillar of Pacific passion.
Matiu intuitively nurtures a deep connection with his audience creating the energy that opens portals of paradise.
Matiu has performed at:
Boomtown Festival (UK) Bali Spirit Festival (Bali) Woodford Folk Festival, Falls Festival Lorne, Splendour in the grass, Island Vibe, Byron Spirit (Australia) WOMAD Festival, One Love Festival, Luminate Festival (New Zealand) Landjuweel Festival (Netherlands) Festa Del Fuoco (Stromboli/Italy)
and many more...
Matiu has performed with
Fat Freddys Drop, Tiki Taane, OKA, Pitch Black, Rising Apalachia, My Baby, Oka, Anika Moa
and many more...
“I tell ya... Your medicine Is your music... Straight from the heart and the depths of your soul. You are a warrior of word n rhythm - inspiring peeps to look within n re switch the light inside their own souls. Thank u incredible you!”
“We love to have him playing in here and bringing his awesome soul energy and always packs the place out!…. His picture is already on our wall of fame!”
Roots Bar~Takaka NZ
“Politically and emotionally uplifting”
Green Party Politician
“Matiu's music gets the booty shaking and the heart resonating. Authentic and uplifting, a night on the Te Huki dance floor is like a big fat bear cuddle for the soul. ”
“Soulful groove that makes my spirit happy”
“Matiu's music is soulful, creative and inspiring. It is a unique blend of Aotearoa home grown roots and vibrant hooks that will keep you jammin 24/7”
“Matiu has an energy that adds soul, insight and compassion to his music that is sorely lacking in today's pop”
Mother of teenage boy
"Matiu is not just a musician, he is a life coach, an artist, and a catalyst for change", "He inspires us to strive to be the best they can be, to pick up their lives and dance to the rhythm of their own soul."
“Matiu's music uplifts my soul and takes it dancing then when he begins to sing it takes me on a magical journey of life, soul and vision”
“An honest reflection of the soul that connects and interacts with the soul of the listener... 'music' to more than just 'the ears'”