Adelaide Cabaret Festival
The Space
Until 22 Jun 2019

Review by Janice Bailey

The Modern Maori Quartet are ‘entertainment’ personified. Since forming the group in New Zealand in 2012, James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau, Francis Kora and Matu Ngaropo have become in demand, not only in their homeland, but throughout Australia and overseas.

They made an impression at last year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival and they have returned this year with a new show, ‘Two Worlds’. ‘Two Worlds’ is based on an original Maori play which weaves together four stories demonstrating what it means to be a Maori in this era.

While the theme of Two Worlds could be quite confronting, the talent and charm of this group guide the audience through some emotional moments with charm and professionalism. Their harmonies are superb, their personalities larger than life and their storytelling sincere. The enthusiasm, charm and sincerity which exudes from each member of the group has the audience enthralled within minutes and this was clearly demonstrated by their resounding applause at the end.