Mara TK Profile

aka Mara Te Kahika
Sam Smith
6 Jul 2021

The son of a guitarist dubbed the “Māori Jimi Hendrix” and brother of an established blues musician, Mara Te Kahika (TK for short) has a strong musical lineage going back decades. However, despite the pedigree of his family, this has not stopped him from forging his own unique musical path.

Born in Auckland in the mid-1980s with Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu and Tainui ancestry, Mara TK covered a lot of ground as a child, moving between Freemans Bay, Waiheke and Whanganui. This is what happens when your dad is Billy TK, guitarist for bands such as Human Instinct, Powerhouse and Wharemana.

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Electric Wire Hustle. From left: Mara TK, Myele Manzanza, David 'Taay Ninh' Wright.
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Mara TK - Hikoi (soundtrack, 2014)
Hollie Smith & Mara TK - Band of Brothers Vol 1 (2011)
Electric Wire Hustle. From left: Myele Manzanza, David 'Taay Ninh' Wright, Mara TK.
Electric Wire Hustle - The Spirit, live at Neck of The Woods, Auckland, 2016.
Electric Wire Hustle - March ft. Deva Mahal (2016)
Troy Kingi - Cold Steel (Official) ft. Mara TK (2016)
Troy Kingi feat. Mara TK: Grandma's Rocket Poem (2018)
Electric Wire Hustle - Aeons EP (2015)
Tama a te pāpā: Billy TK and Mara TK.
Photo credit: Alan Wright
Totes Māori: interview with Wellington based musician Mara TK, 2013.
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Aku Moutere by Mara TK, Mark Vanilau, Troy Kingi & Rob Ruha (2016)
Mara TK ft. Xenia Manasseh - Met at the River (2020)
Electric Wire Hustle - The 11th Sky (2016)
Electric Wire Hustle (self-titled album, 2009)
Troy Kingi, Mara TK and Mark Vanilau | RDU Live to Air (2018)
Mara TK - Taniwhunk (2011)
The Grow Room Profiles - Mara TK and Troy Kingi (2018)
Electric Wire Hustle at The 13th Floor, 2015
Mara TK - Bad Meditation (2021)
Lord Echo feat. Mara TK - Just Do You (2017)
Mara TK performs 'Sound & Fury' as a part of 'Play On', a show where 12 of Shakespeare's soliloquies are set to music composed by Tui-nominated songwriter Paul McLaney (2016).
Mara TK - Toroa/The Albatross
Mara TK - Moon Song (2013)
Te Karere: Mara TK, finalist for the 2019 APRA Maioha Award.

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