Aaron Tokona Profile

aka AHoriBuzz
Russell Baillie
22 Jun 2020

As guitarist and vocalist in Weta, Fly My Pretties, Cairo Knife Fight – and performing as AHoriBuzz and on countless sessions for others – Aaron Tokona was one of New Zealand's most prominent and flamboyant musicians to turn up in the 1990s. Followers of New Zealand music, and his fellow musicians, were shocked to hear that Tokona died of a heart attack, aged 45, on 20 June 2020.

Through his career, he turned up in all sorts of bands and in all sorts of places. When he turned up in person his machine-gun cackle would often arrive well before him.

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Aaron Tokona’s interpretation of the hymn ‘E Te Ariki’ performed as the welcoming waiata at the 2014 APRA Silver Scrolls, TSB Arena Wellington.
Aaron Tokona.
AHoriBuzz - Into the Sunshine (2015)
Aaron Tokona / AHoriBuzz.
Photo credit: Dean Mackenzie
Weta, 2009: Gabriel Atkinson, Aaron Tokona, Clinton den Heyer and Clinton Tokona.
Aaron Tokona in Cairo Knife Fight – Sundae Sessions, York Street Recording Studios, Auckland, 22 August 2011.
Aaron Tokona in Cairo Knife Fight – Sundae Sessions, York Street Recording Studios, Auckland, 22 August 2011.
Fly My Pretties with Aaron Tokona - Turnaround (2012)
AHoriBuzz - Turnaround (2012)
Weta - Calling On (2000)
Aaron Tokona in Weta.
Gabriel Atkinson and Aaron Tokona in Weta.
Weta's 2000 album Geographica
AHoriBuzz - Into the Sunshine (2015)
AhoriBuzz plays Rippon, 2012.
Cairo Knife Fight opening for the Foo Fighters at Western Springs, 2011.
AHoriBuzz - Sugar (2013)
Aaron Tokona / AHoriBuzz.
Photo credit: Dean Mackenzie
Weta at Homegrown 2009
Cairo Knife Fight - Aaron Tokona and Nick Gaffaney.
Photo credit: Dean Mackenzie
Weta on the cover of NZ Musician, June/July 2000
Cairo Knife Fight - Homegrown - Wellington - 2013
Cairo Knife Fight - The Violence of Action (2012, D Scott Reynolds)
AHoriBuzz - Hey John (Homegrown festival, 2013)
Aaron Tokona on Face to Face with Anika Moa, July 2015.
AHoriBuzz - Dreams (2015)
Weta - Got the Ju (2000)
AHoriBuzz feat. Tali - Providence (2014, directed by Mark Williams)
Aaron Tokona (Cairo Knife Fight), Womad.
Photo credit: Michael Flynn
Aaron Tokona/ AHoriBuzz shredding at Roundhead Studios, 2013.
Trivia:

In 1997 Aaron Tokona filled in on guitar for Australian band The Superjesus for their New Zealand tour after original guitarist Chris Tennent left the band. Tokona turned down a permanent position in order to focus on Weta.

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