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Mihirangi Fleming


Mihirangi

Solo musician, 29

Waitara

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Exotic Mihirangi, with her distinctive facial ta moko, has been dubbed Australasia's Queen of Loops a one-woman music-making machine who  has won widespread acclaim for her unique ability to create a band-full of sounds with only a loop and effects pedal, a few instruments and her voice   singing in both English and te reo Maori.

Mihirangi is an international festival regular and has shared the stage with such music stars as Public Enemy, Lee Scratch Perry and Sly and Robbie. 

She was born with music in her blood. Both parents were musicians, with her mum, Corinna Fisher, singing with artistic greats like Gladys Knight and Joe Cocker.

Mihi's first seven years were spent on tour with her parents until her mum put down roots on a marae in the bush in the tiny mining area of Benneydale, near Te Kuiti.

There, she was one of about 50 kids, educated at the marae school, encouraged in kapa haka and music from the start.  "It was a fantastic life for a kid."

When she was 16 she moved to Australia to study music and was based there until last year when she returned to New Zealand to live with and care for her beloved terminally ill Koro (grandfather).

A former Greenpeace activist, conservation and global peace are common themes in her music.


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