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Tui Teka and the Maori Volcanics (3rd of 3)

Tui Teka and the Maori Volcanics

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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Carl Walrond, 'Māori overseas - Emigration to Australia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1318/tui-teka-and-the-maori-volcanics (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005