REVIEW: Modern Maori Quartet's "Two Worlds" at Edinburgh Festival   20 Aug 2018

Justine Redfearn

The Modern Maori Quartet are back at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with their new show “Two Worlds” - harmonising beautifully in a mixture of Te Reo Maori and English, and blending classic barbershop with traditional Maori waiata actions.

 

Matariki Whatarau, James Tito, Francis Kora and Tainui Kuru make the line up as Koro, Big Bro, Uncle and Bub - 4 Maori bros from different generations, from World War I to the present day, stuck in limbo between two worlds and needing to tell their truth before they can cross over.

 

The show is a beautiful reworking and evolution of Nga Bro e Wha (2012) from the early days of the MMQ that poignantly tells the story of the Maori people, culture and language across the last century with both pathos and humour, and some cracking tunes!

 

From cruisy “Float On”, to classic Elvis “Let’s Rock” blended with “Haere Mai” - these boys can sing, and they will be tugging on your heartstrings…

 

And lastly don’t just take my word for it that this show is worth seeing… In the words of Ereti Mitchell, President of the New Zealand Society Scotland: “I laughed and I cried. You must see this show. You fullahs have to hear those choice harmonies!”



Two Worlds 
plays at The Assembly (Studio Three), George Square, at 2.25pm August 2nd to 27th (no performance August 13th). Box Office: 0131 623 3030.

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