In this short excerpt from episode one of Waiata Anthems, singer Hollie Smith expresses mixed feelings about rerecording classic track 'Bathe in the River'/'Kōrukutia' in te reo Māori. Smith's respect for the language means she approaches her performance with a certain amount of fear — but she is determined to support the kaupapa (values) of the project, and champion te reo in popular culture. The song's composer Don McGlashan joins Smith to sing backup on the track, which was part of the second Waiata Anthems album. The web series was co-produced by Māori music advocate Hinewehi Mohi and director Julia Parnell.
It's such an honour for a Pākehā to have a song translated into te reo Māori.– 'Bathe in the River' composer Don McGlashan
Made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho
Interviews with some of the featured performers, TV Guide, April 2021
More waiata released for Waiata Anthems Week, Te Ao Māori News, August 2021