Bay of Plenty singer/songwriter Maisey Rika began her musical career at 13 with E Hine, a collection of traditional Māori songs which went double-platinum and won Best Māori Language Album at the NZ Music Awards. Rika began taking on a more acoustic folk sound on her self-titled follow-up EP (2009), which won favourable reviews. Her album Whitiora won five awards at the 2013 Waiata Māori Music Awards. Rika has performed alongside Dave Dobbyn and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
This soulful invocation, sung in te reo, to Tangaroa — Māori god of the sea — comes from singer-songwriter Maisey Rika's third album. The instrumentation includes a string quartet and traditional taonga pūoro instruments played by Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper. Director Shae Stirling’s music video has a vibrant clarity. It places Rika in the bush and the forest, in the surf and on the smouldering, volcanic landscape of Whakaari/White Island as she hails Tangaroa as commander of the tides while dolphins and whales provide further evidence of his life force.
The lead single off Maisey Rika’s 2009 self-titled EP is accompanied by a delicate and moody music video. After catching up with supportive friends, Rika continues singing her song about starting over in Auckland's Albert Park. Then she hits the road in in the back of a ute, playing her way through Auckland city and on into the countryside. The 'Letting Go' single helped Rika's EP reach the NZ Top 40, following on from her previous double-platinum success — when at age 13 she released an award-winning album of traditional Māori song, E Hine.