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Teremoana Rapley

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Years active  1987–present
Name  Teremoana Rapley
Role  Singer · teremoana.com


Origin  Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Genres  Hip hop, pop, soul, roots
Occupation(s)  Singer, MC, Songwriter, Television Producer, Transmedia Producer, Stage Manager, Television Presenter, Website Designer, Entertainment Manager, Executive Producer, Television (Field) Director, Scriptwriter, Freelance Writer, Production Manager, Event Manager, Graphics Designer, Technical Production Manager, Magazine Editor, Photographer, Camera Operator, Editor, Tour Manager, Administrator, Project Manager, Media Relations Manager
Labels  Southside Records, BMG, Quabax Wax
Associated acts  Upper Hutt Posse, Moana and the Moahunters, King Kapisi
Albums  Ma Te Wa, Dedicated '88 - '91, Rua
Music groups  Upper Hutt Posse, Moana and the Moahunters
People also search for  Moana, DLT, Bennett Pomana

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Teremoana Rapley (born 1973) is a New Zealand singer, MC and television presenter, best known for her work in the 1990s with Upper Hutt Posse and Moana and the Moahunters. Teremoana describes herself as having "voluntarily pulled out of mainstream media with her music after realising that the industry is based on looks and not artistry."

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History

Teremoana joined hip hop group Upper Hutt Posse in 1987, aged 14. She sang on the group's early tracks, including "Stormy Weather" and "Ragga Girl" and featured on the group's 1989 album Against the Flow.

In 1989 Teremoana joined Moana Maniapoto's hip hop and pop trio Moana and the Moahunters. The group released two albums, Tahi and Rua and had chart success with many singles, including "Black Pearl", "A.E.I.O.U." and "Peace, Love & Family". Teremoana's work with Moana and the Moahunters saw her awarded Most Promising Female Vocalist at the 1992 New Zealand Music Awards.

In the 1990s Teremoana also provided guest vocals on tracks from other artists, including "Sitting by the Telephone" by Unitone Hi Fi, "Body Rhymes (Protect Yourself)" by MC OJ and Rhythm Slave, "Horified One" by Dam Native and "In Summer" by David Parker.

In 1995 Teremoana turned her attentions to a solo career, releasing the singles "Beautiful People" and a cover of the Nina Simone song "Four Women", and was awarded Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.

She continued to work from her home studio she had set up since 1992 that started with a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder and Dr.T's music software on Atari 1040ST. She has composed title music for television programmes, commercial music work for Air NZ and Coca Cola as well as working on tracks for her upcoming album.

Teremoana is married to Bill Urale, who performs as King Kapisi. She has featured on his singles "Saboteur" and "Lollipop". Teremoana and King Kapisi also run The Plantation Store, which includes their Overstayer clothing range produced by the couple and their four children.

Teremoana is also known for her television presenting work. In 1995 she joined long-running New Zealand children's television show What Now as a field reporter. From 1996 to 2001, Teremoana was a presenter on TV2's Maori youth magazine programme Mai Time.

After the birth of her fourth and youngest child, she moved permanently behind the camera holding many roles including director, camera operator, editor, scriptwriter, production manager and producer. Teremoana currently works as a producer at the Maori Television Service in Auckland, New Zealand and has produced over 1400 television programmes for the station and has over 3000 production credits to her name.

With Upper Hutt Posse

  • Against The Flow (1989) Southside Records
  • With Moana and the Moahunters

  • Tahi (1993) Southside Records
  • References

    Teremoana Rapley Wikipedia


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