Ruia and Ranea Aperahama Profile

Keith Newman
30 Oct 2019

Twins Hareruia (Ruia) and Kua Ranea (Ranea) Aperahama first began grooving in their mother’s womb before becoming an integral part of reviving te reo Māori through reggae rhythms, gaining a raft of awards along the way for performing and recording excellence.

By the 1990s the brothers were well known throughout the country, and particularly in Māori homes, largely due to their involvement in Southside of Bombay and their Māori language recordings of Bob Marley songs. Their own compositions are a crossover of reggae, Pacific rhythms and world music, often with tight brass arrangements or indigenous expressions that explore what it means to be Māori in a nation still coming to terms with its Treaty of Waitangi-based bicultural heritage.

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Ruia Aperahama.
Ruia Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
Ranea Aperahama.
Ranea Aperahama.
Ruia and Ranea - Whare Maori.
Ruia and Ranea - Waiata of Bob Marley
Ruia and Ranea - Waiata of Bob Marley
Southside of Bombay. Front row from left: Anne Prichard, Kevin Hotu, David Fiu. Back row from left: Brent Thompson, Ranea Aperahama, Campbell Tuiri, Ruia Aperahama, Joe Ewens.
Photo credit: Woolf Photography
Ruia Aperahama performing.
Sons of Zion, Ruia Aperahama poster, 2010.
Southside Of Bombay - What's The Time Mr Wolf (1991, NZ On Screen)
Ranea Aperahama.
Te Reo A Te Mangai 1924 World Tour Band.
Ranea Aperahama.
Ruia Aperahama on vocals and David Fiu on trumpet in Southside Of Bombay, Waitangi Day, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
Ruia Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
Ranea Aperahama.
Ranea Aperahama.
Ruia Aperahama singing in Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
Southside of Bombay: Kevin Hodges, Warren Maxwell, Maaka McGregor, Ranea Aperahama, Elliot Fuimaono, David Fiu, Joe Fa'amaoni.
Ranea Aperahama - Te Pako O Matariki
Ranea Aperahama performing with Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
Ranea Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
Ranea Aperahama and band.
Ranea Aperahama - Tihei Mauri Ora
Ruia Aperahama.
Ranea Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
Ruia Aperahama in radio journalist mode.
The publicity shot for Māori TV's 2012 Songs From The Inside, with Ruia Aperahama, Maisey Rika, Anika Moa and Warren Maxwell.
T.W. Rātana and Bishop Juji Nakada c1927.
Ranea Aperahama and band.
Ruia Aperahama.
Ranea Aperahama.
Ruia Aperahama in Southside of Bombay.
Ruia Aperahama with the 2004 Maioha award for 'E Tae'
Poster of a performance by Ruia Aperahama and band, Palmerston North, 2012.
Ruia - Hawaiki
Southside of Bombay, 1992 - back from left: Anne Prichard, Brent Thompspn, Kua-Ranea Abraham, centre: Joe Ewens, Evan Williams, Kevin Hodges, Hareruia Abraham, front: David Fiu.
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Robertson
Ranea Aperahama.
Ruia Aperahama, Southside of Bombay, 2018.
Photo credit: Chris Traill
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