Billy TK Profile

aka Billy Te Kahika
Nick Bollinger
9 May 2013

Hendrix was Māori. Actually he wasn’t, and it can be pretty easily proven. Still it was once a popular urban myth, and still resurfaces from time to time.

What is certain is that Jimi Hendrix was an icon and model for many young Māori men. In the late 60s and early 70s they could be found up and down the country, playing guitar in the style of the great innovator, often sporting a Hendrix-like afro and flamboyant apparel to match.

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Billy TK at the Waiheke Blues Festival, 2009
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Billy TK & Powerhouse - Gavin Collinge (bass), Steve Webb (drums), Billy TK (guitar) and John Bilderbeck (guitar)
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Matariki 2011 Seven Brothers Concert at Te Papa
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Billy TK and Sonny Day, 1975
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Katy Soljak & Billy TK - Sweet Caged Bird
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The EMI issue of the "lost" HMV album. Recorded in 1972, it was unreleased until 2009.
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Billy TK's Powerhouse with Mahia Blackmore in 1973
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Billy TK's Powerhouse - Funky Trucking
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Billy TK's Powerhouse - Race Into The Infinite
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1975 Live LP 
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