Duo mine rich vein of smooth soul

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

With a band name that translates to “two warrior princesses”, the New Zealand-cum-Albany women who make up 2Maia will move souls at next week’s Harbourside concert.

The singer-songwriters, Donna Davis and Roimata Keepa-Tibble. are bringing a smooth soul and rhythm and blues set list.

Imagine a charming blend of the music legends that belong to Motown, and the era of nineties old-school r‘n’b — that is how Donna described 2Maia.

“Being two New Zealand east coast girls, music was huge part of our upbringing … culturally and within the home,” she said.

“We both had grandparents that shared the old stories through music ... family time always included music.”

2Maia often perform locally but Donna said this would be their Harbourside debut.

“It was amazing, to be honest, to wake up and be messaged by the concert co-ordinator after he saw our performance at the Earl of Spencer. “It was a complete high and I suppose a surreal moment.” Donna said.

The duo are working on an original album and she said they were busy revamping old material for their performances.

“Once we found our sound, we knew how to revive older songs that needed a makeover,

“Music is freeing, expressive and passionate, and we both wouldn’t know how to be without music.”

To check out 2Maia before the show, head to YouTube, Soundcloud or their website. Tickets are available at the Albany Entertainment Centre box office.

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