Mara TK

aka Mara Te Kahika


The son of a guitarist dubbed the “Māori Jimi Hendrix” and brother of an established blues musician, Mara Te Kahika (TK for short) has a strong musical lineage going back decades. However, despite the pedigree of his family, this has not stopped him from forging his own unique musical path.

Born in Auckland in the mid-1980s with Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu and Tainui ancestry, Mara TK covered a lot of ground as a child, moving between Freemans Bay, Waiheke and Whanganui. This is what happens when your dad is Billy TK, guitarist for bands such as Human Instinct, Powerhouse and Wharemana.

Electric Wire Hustle. From left: Mara TK, Myele Manzanza, David 'Taay Ninh' Wright.
Electric Wire Hustle (self-titled album, 2009)
Troy Kingi, Mara TK and Mark Vanilau | RDU Live to Air (2018)
Tama a te pāpā: Billy TK and Mara TK.
Photo credit: Alan Wright
Electric Wire Hustle - March ft. Deva Mahal (2016)
Electric Wire Hustle. From left: Myele Manzanza, David 'Taay Ninh' Wright, Mara TK.
Mara TK.
Electric Wire Hustle at The 13th Floor, 2015
Totes Māori: interview with Wellington based musician Mara TK, 2013.
Mara TK ft. Xenia Manasseh - Met at the River (2020)
Te Karere: Mara TK, finalist for the 2019 APRA Maioha Award.
Troy Kingi feat. Mara TK: Grandma's Rocket Poem (2018)
Mara TK.
Troy Kingi - Cold Steel (Official) ft. Mara TK (2016)
Lord Echo feat. Mara TK - Just Do You (2017)
Electric Wire Hustle - The 11th Sky (2016)
Electric Wire Hustle - Aeons EP (2015)
Mara TK - Hikoi (soundtrack, 2014)
Mara TK - Moon Song (2013)
RNZ Music Live Sessions: Mara TK, 7 September 2021
Mara TK - Toroa/The Albatross
Hollie Smith & Mara TK - Band of Brothers Vol 1 (2011)
Mara TK performs 'Sound & Fury' as a part of 'Play On', a show where 12 of Shakespeare's soliloquies are set to music composed by Tui-nominated songwriter Paul McLaney (2016).
Electric Wire Hustle - The Spirit, live at Neck of The Woods, Auckland, 2016.
Aku Moutere by Mara TK, Mark Vanilau, Troy Kingi & Rob Ruha (2016)
Mara TK - Bad Meditation (2021)
Mara TK.
Mara TK - Taniwhunk (2011)
Mara TK.
The Grow Room Profiles - Mara TK and Troy Kingi (2018)
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