The Profile: Rei - Harakoa/Good Mood

The Profile 13/05/2021

What better way to carry on this spectacular run of releases coming from our fine nation than with the track by Rei off the acclaimed ‘Waiata Anthems’ project that’s driven by Te Reo advocate Hinewehi Mohi & APRA.

Not being a stranger to the George FM airwaves after tracks ‘Ohia’ & ‘LESHGO’ Rei has delivered once again with his track ‘Harakoa’, which is a Te Reo version of his hit ‘Good Mood’. For this drop though he enlisted the producing prowess of Sean Richards to tickle it up into a fine tuned Drum & Bass dance floor feel good heater!

‘It’s so dope to see how many artists are using te reo in their music nowadays, it’s definitely going to help us move from our current stage of te reo tokenism into the next phase; normalisation’ -  Rei

Rei has been releasing te reo Māori music for nearly 4 years, including his award winning Rangatira EP and Hoea Album which you should definitely go check out on all the usual platforms.

But wait! There's More! The single ‘Harakoa’ is being released as a triple single. Compiled from the Sean Richards DnB remix, a reggae remix from D. Love on the way and the original.

Off the back of Rei’s 2020 Te Reo Album ‘Hoea’ winning Best Urban Album at the Waiata Māori Music Awards Rei has had a big start to 2021. He’s been touring the country playing at festivals such as AUM, Kotahi, Splore and Newtown Festival, as well as opening for Netsky at his sold out arena show. 

So it appears Rei has well and truly hit the ground running so the rest of 2021 and beyond will only be the beginning of great things to come for the dedicated and driven artist. Check out the single below and add that to your party start playlist!