Tui Teka, pictured centre stage, performs with the Maori Volcanics in Sydney in the 1970s. Each band member would strum his own guitar with one hand while fingering a chord on his neighbour’s guitar with the other. This move, known as ‘Guitar boogie’, was a signature routine for the band. Tui Teka joined the group in the mid-1960s, and spent the next eight years touring the world with them. A gifted musician and comedian, he would often wear a suit with a pair of jandals. Māori performers frequently spent years touring overseas, and although most returned, some stayed away permanently.
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