Waiata 'spark the fire'

in Pere Wihongi's soul

Performing music is a key to happiness for singer, songwriter, presenter and all round talented Kiwi Pere Wihongi. He spoke to Music 101's Charlotte Ryan about coping strategies, and the positive impact music can have on mental health.

On Thursday night Pere hosted a one-hour livestream showcasing Māori musical talent.
The Facebook special was organised by Hāpai te Hauora - Māori Public Health with the aim of celebrating wellbeing through waiata and kōrero.  

Pere told Music 101 that music could help enhance mental health within the whānau, especially during the unprecedented times that Covid-19 has brought about.

Pere's goal was to "help uplift, enhance and offer a space to talk, to see, and to, I guess, outlet our feelings and emotions through waiata".

Link to article: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/music101/audio/2018765645/waiata-spark-the-fire-in-pere-wihongi-s-soul


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