IWI: Te Whānau a Apanui / Ngāti Porou / Tainui / Ngāti Tūwharetoa / Te Arawa / Ngā Puhi / Rongowhakaata / Ngā Ariki
Rob Ruha is a multi award winning singer/songwriter from Aotearoa. His unique style of music has been described as an eclectic mix of soul-roots-reggae with RnB licks, laced with rock-blues and bohemian-jazz-fusion accents. Grounded on a bed of the tribal rhythms and the pulse of haka and mōteatea, Rob explains his brand of music as “Haka-soul”. His vocal prowess is typical of his Māori people – powerful, textured and exposed. As a songsmith, Robs genius lies in that rare ability of weaving together sound and rhythm that bring to life the lyrics and themes of the song.
“My intention is to make music that appeals to the intellect as well as the soul. Music that is diverse and unrestricted, moves people – makes you tap your feet, makes you wanna grove to the earthed beat and sing-along while normalizing Māori worldviews, stories and prospectives – this is Haka-soul.”
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