Season 1, Episode 1: A conversation with Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal
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Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal is an independent researcher of indigenous knowledge, a freelance composer, musician and storyteller, and a passionate advocate for ‘indigenous creativity’. Hear Charles speak about the different types of mōteatea and the multitude of reasons, purposes, and occasions for which they can be composed in this deeply insightful podcast hosted by Crystal Edwards. 

Host: Crystal Edwards

Guest: Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles RoyalRoyal

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This series is supported with funding from Creative New Zealand.


He Reo Tawhito: Conversations about Mōteatea

Mōteatea is a centuries-old tradition of chanted song-poetry; a great literary and musical art form that expresses the powerful portrayal of storytelling and is reflective of the emotional depths of a Māori world view. Its vast richness is yet to be fully understood. 

In this seven-part series hosted by Crystal Edwards, we hold conversations with some of the world's leading experts on mōteatea and ask them: What exactly is mōteatea? How has it changed since colonisation? What issues does it face today?

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