Hot on the heels of his single Waiaroha (feat. Maisey Rika), Rob releases part 1 of his new album PŪMAU on Friday the 21st of August 2015.
The release date was intentionally selected by Rob to honour and celebrate the coronation day of King Tūheitia.
“PŪMAU means enduring, steadfast and solid. The themes of the waiata therefore are things that occupy an enduring space in my heart and are topics that I think have intergenerational relevance. Things like whakapono (faith), Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Mana Motuhake and powerful leadership: all the things I think we as a society need to be talking about more. Hence the decision to release part 1 of the album on the coronation day of Kingi Tūheitia: the symbol of all these enduring kaupapa and the gatherer of all nations to discuss them.” Rob Ruha
Part 1 of the album features Māori Music pioneer Adam Whauwhau and the angelic Maisey Rika. Exciting brass arrangements by Godfrey de Grut, emotive string performances by The Black Quartet, riffs and licks by JJ Rika and Bret Adams, and taonga pūoro overtones by Horomona Horo mixed with the Haka-soul brand of music that is the pulsing heart of the rhythm section in all the tracks, PŪMAU (p1) is an exciting extension to Rob’s award winning Tiki Tapu EP.
You can download your copy of PŪMAU (p1) from iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amplifier and all major online music platforms from August 21.