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The Show Will Go On
album 2015 national tour
After a massive 2014, which included the release of his acclaimed The Show Will Go On album and revered single Freedom (featuring the legendary Archie Roach), Torres Strait hip hop musician Mau Power is hitting the road in January, February and March to share his music with fans. The tour dates, which incorporate both regional and metropolitan shows, are the perfect way for this talented artist to kick off what is destined to be another incredible year in 2015. Well-reputed for his mesmerising live shows, Mau Power will reach new depths during this tour to showcase his musical identity to audiences.
“My album – The Show Will Go On – spoke of my identity and journey through the values and understanding of two significant cultures; Torres Strait and Hip Hop,” he says. “I want to deliver that same passion, energy and story through my performances. On a personal note, it [the tour] is also a statement tour saying my show will go on – I am here and I want to connect with the people. So I will take my performance and story to your city, to your town and to you.”
Heralding from Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, Mau Power [aka Patrick Mau] was drawn to two cultures – Indigenous and hip hop. As one of the first rappers to ever tour from the Northern region, has is rapidly earning acclaim from his impressive live shows and intimately honest songwriting. He recorded his first song when he was 17 in Brisbane while attending the University of Southern Queensland. Shortly after this time, he was incarcerated – it was this that turned his life around and made him focus 100 per cent on his music. That first song leaked its way to the Islands while he was in prison and Mau Power’s music started to earn notoriety.
With his career firmly cemented in his homeland of Thursday Island, it is important to Mau Power to not only take his music to the capital cities, but also to regional centres. “Touring to me was always about connecting with people,” he says. “I believe the most important part of an artist development and journey is connecting with the people that he or she is trying to reach. The best way to do that is to meet them on a personal level. It is also about getting back to the grass roots and building that real relationship with music lovers and supporters on a level that the internet and social media cannot do. I believe it will be a great opportunity to experience different places of Australia and have that sharing of diverse cultures, differences and similarities.”
Mau Power will be showcasing his two specific cultures to audiences – hip hop and his Torres Strait heritage. He says the shows will be energetic and powerful, and if his previous tours are anything to go by, they’ll certainly be unforgettable too. “Audiences can expect some different collaborations through this tour,” he says. “For example, for the Cairns show, I have collaborated with nationally recognised dance performer and choreographer Rita Pryce (from the iconic Baiwa Dance Company). We have created an interpretation piece of The Show Will Go On using dance, theatre and music. This is exciting for me because as an artist, I am fascinated in different artistic expressions of storytelling and on this performance I get to explore a few of these art forms to tell my story. Audiences can also expect pop up tour and bigger performances… I will be performing at the St Kilda Festival in February. I am looking forward to this because I never thought I would be performing on such platforms, and I get to perform to a whole new audience of music supporters.”
Last year was certainly a huge one for Mau Power that has given him the opportunity to take his music to new areas and fans. He supported AG from D.I.T.C Crew (Diggin’ In The Crates) at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Universal Zulu Nation’s Australian Chapter, performed My Island Home with Christine Anu and a 130-piece orchestra in Cairns at the G20 Summit concert, was part of the long walk 10 year anniversary in Melbourne – in support of the initiative Michael Long started in creating awareness around Indigenous wellbeing – and was on the support line-up of SoulFest in Sydney for the likes of Common, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Maxwell and Aloe Blacc to name a few. He also released his version of the Christine Anu hit (and Warumpi Band classic) My Island Home and recorded the acclaimed single Freedom with the iconic Archie Roach.
Already this year is looking huge for Mau Power, he is already working on more solo projects as well as some other interesting musical collaborations. Add to that some upcoming releases from Torres Strait artists that Mau Power has produced in association with Meridian Nights, and it looks like it is going to be a busy year. There is also a consideration about of touring on the books and even some on-screen presence for this talented artist. Stay tuned for more 2015 news in the coming months…
Monday 26th January 2015
Sydney Yabun Festival, SYDNEY NSW
Sunday 8th February 2015
St Kilda Festival, MELBOURNE VIC
Friday 20th February 2015
The Gov, ADELAIDE SA
Sunday 22nd February 2015
Laundry Bar, MELBOURNE VIC
Friday 6th March 2015
The New Globe Theatre, BRISBANE QLD
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