Moana Makers Wiki19 Jul, 7.00PM

Moana Makers Wiki: Songwriting & Performance with Jordyn with a Why

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This workshop is for all the musos, either established or aspiring, come for a jam and learn how to approach story-telling through songwriting with Jordyn with a Why.

To participate in this workshop, fill out this EOI form. We will contact you via phone/email by Thursday, 11th July to let you know the outcome of your EOI.

Moana Makers Wiki

Bought to you by Basement Theatre, ‘Moana Makers Wiki’ is a precious offering for Māori, Pasifika & MVPFAFF+ communities to share space with Māori & Pasifika craft makers, performers and activators for a week of intimate workshops that platforms Indigenous knowledge sharing and creation, community building and unapologetic self-expression. Manifested with intentions of fostering more creative havens for Māori & Pasifika artists and our wider communities, this is a week that we warmly welcome you all to join. Supported by the Waitematā Local Board.

Jordyn with a Why (she/her) @jordynwitha_why

Growing up in the suburban-scapes of South Auckland, Jordyn has quickly impacted the Aotearoa music scene with her bilingual (Māori and English) soulful sounds. Descending from Whāingaroa, Mulifanua Lalovi, Falelatai and Vaimoso, the stories are woven throughout her music, with her second release, ‘Brown Melodies’ being nominated for ‘Best Single’ at the 2022 Māori Music Awards. Following suit, Jordyn was a finalist for the 2023 Pacific Music Award’s Best Pacific Female Artist as well as her first Māori language release ‘Raumati’ landing as a top 3 finalist for the 2023 APRA Maioha Award. Jordyn was awarded the 2023 Māori Music Awards Best Female Artist.

2023 was a huge year for Jordyn’s career, being booked at her very first festival, the 2023 Pasifix Fest in Melbourne, showcasing at the Waiata Reo Māori Showcase at the Tuning Fork, featuring in the TVNZ Purapura Whetū Stars of Matariki show, performing at her first Pacific Music Awards, BigSound and SXSW Sydney 2023. 2024 has been no different, with Jordyn being a finalist and a performer at the 2024 Aotearoa Music Awards, in the Best Māori Artist and Mana Reo categories, and a Top 5 Maioha Award finalist for the 2024 APRA Silver Scrolls.

Audiences have praised Jordyn’s stage presence and dynamic, nestling into the soulful vibes somewhere between R&B and neo-soul with the occasional pop bend. In between the busyness, Jordyn has still been writing and is currently working on an album.

Jordyn’s ‘why’ is in and through her music - she tells the stories of language reclamation, identity and cultural heritage.