Charlie Tumahai Profile

John Dix
15 Nov 2014

1962 saw the release of Hey Boy! by Jane and Bernie Hill, a NZ bestseller reprinted several times over the next two years. A photographic book with extended captions, Hey Boy! portrayed urban Māori life of the time, following the activities of a group of children from Orakei. The "Boy" of the title was Charlie Tumahai.

"Boy is what they call me in our street. But my real name is Charlie, like my Dad's. My Dad's people come from Tahiti, and my mother's people are Northern Māori, who were famous warriors. So as Dad says, that makes us half hula and half haka."

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Tim Finn - Parihaka (1989, featuring Herbs)
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The Japanese release of Be Bop Deluxe's Modern Music album, 1976
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Herbs In Ruatoria documentary - The Power of Music (Te Kaha o Te Waiata)
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Be Bop Deluxe in 1978 - Simon Fox, Bill Nelson and Charlie Tumahai
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The Dukes in 1979 with Charlie Tumahai on the left
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Gordon Joll and Charlie Tumahai with Herbs in 1990
Photo credit: Gordon Joll collection
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Mississippi. Charlie was a member of this Australian group between 1973 and 1974. L to R: Derek Pellicci, Beeb Birtles, Graeham Goble, Charlie Tumahai and Harvey James.
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The tour programme for the 1976 Modern Music tour
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The Columbians circa 1964/5: Sel Nash, Bill Heremaia Jr, Bill Patience, Lou Walters and Charlie Tumahai
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E Papa (Herbs in Ruatoria 1987)
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Charlie Tumahai with Healing Force in Melbourne, Australia, 1971
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Charlie Tumahai, Greenpeace Concert, Mt. Smart, 5 April 1986
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Be Bop Deluxe, 1978 - Simon Fox, Charlie Tumahai and Bill Nelson
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A Be Bop Deluxe fanclub cartoon on Charlie's immigration problems in the UK
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Charlie Tumahai and Dilworth Karaka
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Charlie Tumahai with Be Bop Deluxe, 1976
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Charlie Tumahai and Joe Walsh, Mascot Studios, April 1989
Photo credit: Photo by Graham Hooper
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Charlie Tumahai and Willie Hona with Herbs in Palmerston North, 1987
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Healing Force - Feelings From The Gully (live on GTK, 19 May 1971)
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Charlie Tumahai fronting Herbs - Sensitive To A Smile (1987)
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Chain - Judgement (live on GTK 1971)
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Be Bop Deluxe - Ships In The Night / Fair Exchange (1976, Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC)
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Be Bop Deluxe in 1976
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Charlie Tumahai congratulates Shona Laing on her 1992 Silver Scroll win
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Dave Dobbyn and Herbs - Slice Of Heaven (Footrot Flats trailer)
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Charlie Tumahai and Herbs with Annie Crummer on her 1992 single, See What Love Can Do
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Charlie Tumahai with Mississippi, Sunbury Pop Festival, Victoria, January 1974
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Labels:

Warrior


Tribal


WEA


Mushroom Records


Harvest


Parlophone


Warner Music


IKA


ATA Records

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