BAITERCELL feat. REI – ‘Te Pukumeke’

Written by on November 19, 2019

This weeks Local Eyes is ‘Te Pukumeke’, a drum and bass Te reo Māori waiata by BAITERCELL ft REI and is from the Te Reo Māori EP ‘TOKA’.

Pukumeke is a conjunction of puku and meke, meaning ‘final blow’ in the context of the song. As in, the final power, the power to bring change ultimately lies with us. This is a waiata porotēhi, a protest song towards members of the dairy industry and other industries in NZ that are polluting our waterways and poisoning the land.

“If we want the agricultural industry to bring about meaningful change in this country, and start treating our whenua (land) and awa (rivers) with respect, then we have to use our power to force them to change, through our purchasing decisions and collective voice.”

BAITERCELL have been players in the electronic music scene for more than a decade. They have morphed through various electronic genres over the years, with the greatest acclaim coming from their breaks and drum n bass.

REI was a finalist at this years Vodafone NZ Music Awards for Best Māori Artist and Best Soul/RnB Artist. Video produced and edited by HUIA (Integrity Promotion) who is an award-winning Producer, singer and original artist.

You can catch REI and HUIA performing live at this years Grey Lynn Park Festival 2019.

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