Aaron Tokona Profile

aka AHoriBuzz
Russell Baillie
22 Jun 2020

As guitarist and vocalist in Weta, Fly My Pretties, Cairo Knife Fight – and performing as AHoriBuzz and on countless sessions for others – Aaron Tokona was one of New Zealand's most prominent and flamboyant musicians to turn up in the 1990s. Followers of New Zealand music, and his fellow musicians, were shocked to hear that Tokona died of a heart attack, aged 45, on 20 June 2020.

Through his career, he turned up in all sorts of bands and in all sorts of places. When he turned up in person his machine-gun cackle would often arrive well before him.

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Cairo Knife Fight - Aaron Tokona and Nick Gaffaney.
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AHoriBuzz - Into the Sunshine (2015)
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Weta on the cover of NZ Musician, June/July 2000
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AHoriBuzz - Dreams (2015)
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Gabriel Atkinson and Aaron Tokona in Weta.
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AHoriBuzz - Turnaround (2012)
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Fly My Pretties with Aaron Tokona - Turnaround (2012)
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Cairo Knife Fight - Homegrown - Wellington - 2013
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Aaron Tokona / AHoriBuzz.
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Weta at Homegrown 2009
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Aaron Tokona (Cairo Knife Fight), Womad.
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AHoriBuzz - Into the Sunshine (2015)
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Aaron Tokona on Face to Face with Anika Moa, July 2015.
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Aaron Tokona in Weta.
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AHoriBuzz - Hey John (Homegrown festival, 2013)
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Aaron Tokona.
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Weta, 2009: Gabriel Atkinson, Aaron Tokona, Clinton den Heyer and Clinton Tokona.
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Weta's 2000 album Geographica
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Weta - Calling On (2000)
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Aaron Tokona’s interpretation of the hymn ‘E Te Ariki’ performed as the welcoming waiata at the 2014 APRA Silver Scrolls, TSB Arena Wellington.
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AHoriBuzz - Sugar (2013)
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AHoriBuzz feat. Tali - Providence (2014, directed by Mark Williams)
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Aaron Tokona/ AHoriBuzz shredding at Roundhead Studios, 2013.
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AhoriBuzz plays Rippon, 2012.
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Cairo Knife Fight opening for the Foo Fighters at Western Springs, 2011.
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Aaron Tokona / AHoriBuzz.
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Aaron Tokona in Cairo Knife Fight – Sundae Sessions, York Street Recording Studios, Auckland, 22 August 2011.
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Aaron Tokona in Cairo Knife Fight – Sundae Sessions, York Street Recording Studios, Auckland, 22 August 2011.
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Trivia:

In 1997 Aaron Tokona filled in on guitar for Australian band The Superjesus for their New Zealand tour after original guitarist Chris Tennent left the band. Tokona turned down a permanent position in order to focus on Weta.