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“Aro mai, aro atu, arohā

To be faced, to face, to love”

Aro are setting off on their debut album release tour around the country this February to May (2019) following on from their official album release on Waitangi Day, Feb 6th. Aro are hosting a Waitangi Day and official album release celebration at Grey Lynn Library Hall in Auckland from 7pm, this event is open to all and is a BYO occasion.

 Aro's sound is distinctly Aotearoa/NZ pop, with a range of other influences including RnB, Jazz, and Kapahaka. With 22 shows booked, the pair are taking their tunes from Whangarei to Stewart Island sharing their native bird inspired project titled ‘Manu’ (bird); a bilingual - te reo Māori & English 10 track album. The husband and wife duo made up of Charles and Emily Looker, have toured the country finding inspiration and discovering stories to share within the album.

‘Manu’ was inspired on Aro’s first nationwide tour in 2018, using the melodies, rhythms and stories of Aotearoa’s native birds, playing on their characteristics, and some of their significances for Māori to convey messages about life and identity. The songs were written from their home on wheels they call ‘Jamba’. They have put together a unique tour, celebrating the release of this album and sharing the stories of our native manu with the people of Aotearoa.



Feb 6th| Grey Lynn Community Hall | Auckland

March 1st| D’vine Oasis Community | Russell

March 2nd| Whangarei Quarry Gardens |


March 3rd| Song Conversations | Mangawhai

March 8th | The Creators | Hamilton

March 22nd | Luke’s Kitchen | Kuaotunu

March 24th | Eggsentric | Cooks Beach

March 29th | The Refinery | Paeroa

March 30th | Jam Factory | Tauranga

April 5th | Common Room | Hastings

April 6th | Joseph St Kitchen | Palmerston North

April 7th | Raumati Social Club | Raumati South

April 11th | Le Cafe | Picton

April 14th | Fairfield House | Nelson

April 18th | Barrytown Hall | Barrytown

April 20th | Cork Bar | Wanaka

April 21st | Sherwood | Queenstown

April 25thSouth Sea Hotel | Stewart Island

April 26th | Invercargill Brewery | Invercargill

April 27th | Bellamy’s Gallery | Dunedin

May 4th | Geraldine Music Academy | Geraldine

May 5th | Lyttelton Records | Christchurch