(Te Whānau a Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tainui, Rongowhakaata, Ngāpuhi, Ngā Ariki-kaipūtahi)
Born into a world of music though kapa haka, this multi-award winning composer and solo artist has taken the Māori Music scene by storm!
With his award winning music and soul stirring performances, Rob Ruha champions the voice and stories of his indigenous nation. An acclaimed ambassador of Māori Music, Rob is in demand all over the globe to share his unique brand of home-grown Aotearoa music he describes as ‘Haka Soul.’ Rob is renown for his powerful embodiment of lyric, fusing classic Māori poetry with the magnetic sounds of today.
His 'Haka-Soul' style of music is described as an eclectic mix of soul-roots-reggae with RnB licks, laced with rock-blues and bohemian-jazz-fusion accents. This is grounded on a solid bed of tribal mōteatea rhythms and the power of kapa haka.
Since stepping onto the NZ music scene Rob has collected an impressive list of national awards including “Best Māori Album” (VNZMA 2014 and 2016), “Best Songwriter”, “Best Māori Song”, “Best Male Solo Artist” and the prestigious APRA Maioha Award in 2014 and 2016. His Te Reo Māori songs have topped the NZ iTunes charts, placed in the New Zealand Independent Music and Recorded Music Top 20 and remain on the Te Reo Māori Top 20.
Rob and his band of some of the countries finest musicians have recently completed a major national tour of Aotearoa to sell out crowds in many regions. He has also toured regionally and in Australia with the Black Quartet, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi and Seth Haapu. Rob has featured at international festivals including the recent Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam 2016 and will also attend WOMAD in Chile, 2017.