Inka Mbing is the stunning guest vocalist on "Tōku Reo", a music collaboration with the singer from the Atayal tribe, one of 16 indigenous tribe in Taiwan.
Inka defied the taboo on women not singing traditional songs and had been punished – like Māori - for speaking their native language in school. Now she is celebrated for helping keep the language alive. Moana Maniapoto and producer Paddy Free visited Inka and started a conversation with her about the loss of language and its revitalisation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. They recorded the song "Tōku Reo", based on the lyrics by Scotty Morrison, sung in Atayal and Māori, both of which belong to the Austronesian language family. "Tōku Reo" pays tribute to the language of both cultures and is released worldwide on Friday, September 18th, 2020.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020, has brought back for many their earliest memories of speaking te reo. "AEIOU", the classic Moana & the Moahunters’ anthem, was a funky dance track created to make proper pronunciation of Māori vowels accessible to all.