Mara TK

aka Mara Te Kahika


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.

Mara TK.
Mara TK - Taniwhunk (2011)
Troy Kingi feat. Mara TK: Grandma's Rocket Poem (2018)
Electric Wire Hustle - The Spirit, live at Neck of The Woods, Auckland, 2016.
Electric Wire Hustle (self-titled album, 2009)
Electric Wire Hustle - Aeons EP (2015)
Tama a te pāpā: Billy TK and Mara TK.
Photo credit: Alan Wright
Mara TK.
Troy Kingi, Mara TK and Mark Vanilau | RDU Live to Air (2018)
Electric Wire Hustle. From left: Myele Manzanza, David 'Taay Ninh' Wright, Mara TK.
Electric Wire Hustle at The 13th Floor, 2015
Mara TK.
Electric Wire Hustle - March ft. Deva Mahal (2016)
Troy Kingi - Cold Steel (Official) ft. Mara TK (2016)
Mara TK - Toroa/The Albatross
Electric Wire Hustle. From left: Mara TK, Myele Manzanza, David 'Taay Ninh' Wright.
Totes Māori: interview with Wellington based musician Mara TK, 2013.
Mara TK.
Aku Moutere by Mara TK, Mark Vanilau, Troy Kingi & Rob Ruha (2016)
Te Karere: Mara TK, finalist for the 2019 APRA Maioha Award.
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 - Moon Song (2013)
Mara TK ft. Xenia Manasseh - Met at the River (2020)
Mara TK - Bad Meditation (2021)
Hollie Smith & Mara TK - Band of Brothers Vol 1 (2011)
Mara TK - Hikoi (soundtrack, 2014)
Lord Echo feat. Mara TK - Just Do You (2017)
The Grow Room Profiles - Mara TK and Troy Kingi (2018)
RNZ Music Live Sessions: Mara TK, 7 September 2021
Electric Wire Hustle - The 11th Sky (2016)
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