The Profile: Rei - Hoki Mai (Karamu Remix)

The Profile 09/08/2021

He's a Māori music artist with multiple songs and albums that are in both English and te reo Māori. He's just been named as a finalist for the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Awards alongside Maisey Riki, Troy Kingi and Dallas Tamaira of popular band Fat Freddy's Drop to name a few other stars.

Now until recently, Callum 'Rei' McDougall has released a new reo pākeha/reo Māori waiata to help celebrate Matariki called 'Hoki Mai / Come Back.'

REI talked about his inspiration behind the waiata, including the inclusion of a chorus from a particular iconic song that many will know, and his love for electronic dance music, especially for the Drum and Bass genre that is one of Aotearoa's fastest rising music scenes.

"Karamu", Rei's own producer alias, takes his own song and ramps it up a bit for the the George FM airwaves.