Kapa haka - or traditional Māori performing arts - forms an intrinsic element of the New Zealand cultural experience. From the famous haka which fires up the All Blacks before a rugby match to the gentle harmonies and graceful actions of Māori choral and dance troupes, the combination of movement and voice makes Māori performing arts a unique cultural experience.
Kapa haka means to stand in a row (kapa) and dance (haka), and unlike other indigenous dance forms, performers combine song, dance, expression and movement in each piece.
Raukura Kapa Haka Group from Rotorua Boys High School is one of New Zealand's most exciting performing arts ensembles and a leading exponent of the art of kapa haka. Winners of multiple regional and national competitions, Raukura Kapa Haka group delights and astounds audiences with their electrifying performances. This performance at the New Zealand Music Festival will be the group's debut appearance in China.