“Stand out tracks include ‘Hoko Manu’, ‘Ko Ngaro A’ and ‘Ka Tau Te Ra’a’. Having also being featured in two recent albums from the Small Island Big Song project. Tuki’s international reputation deserves to expand even further”. Songlines Magazine, UK

 

A mana (Substance of presence) ringing out through his singing, music, art and performance, lifting us above our prejudices. Pioneering fusions of reggae, folk and funk with his mastery of Polynesian ukulele styles, Yoyo Tuki sings out for one of the most remote islands on Earth". Small Island Big Song

 

“From the very first note played on the conch shell, I knew it would be a special gig – love your music and your voice – a pleasure to have you play as part of the program. All the best, until we meet again” Damien Cassidy, Programming Manager RPAC (Redlands Performing Arts Centre) - Cleveland, Australia

 

One of the Rapa Nui speakers that deserves to be highlighted is Yoyo Tuki, born and raised on Easter Island. Tuki is a musician and cultural ambassador for Rapa Nui. Member of a family of great cultural relevance, he was influenced by his grandfather "Mana Roa", one of the great sculptors of the island. With tours and festivals in Australia, Polynesia, South America, the United States and Europe, the musician is one of the most important artists in the Rapa Nui scene’". Cultura Do Resto Do Mundo, Brazil
 

¨How awesome was the Saturday night Twilight Session with Yoyo Tuki, The venue was packed and pumping with this wonderful island sound¨. 
O´Heart Festival 2018 - Tyalgum, Australia

 

"Yoyo Tuki, the voice of the island Rapa Nui"
"His songs reclaim Rapa Nui culture, communion with nature and the respect for the ancestors of the place. An artist that is different, committed with the idea of promoting the culture of his ancestral people. The Rapanui voice, the voice, with music and lyrics from the most isolated island of the world"

La Contradejaen Online Newspaper , Spain 

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'Live at Vai Te Mihi' receives 4 star review from Respected Songlines Magazine - UK  

Respected world music magazine Songlines featured Yoyo's latests release 'Live at Vai Te Mihi' in their Pacific reviews June issue 2022. Dubbed the 'Rolling Stones' of World Music, the magazine gave the album 4 stars and said:  

“Stand out tracks include ‘Hoko Manu’, ‘Ko Ngaro A’ and ‘Ka Tau Te Ra’a’. Having also being featured in two recent albums from the Small Island Big Song project. Tuki’s international reputation deserves to expand even further”. 

OUT NOW! Live at Vai Te Mihi - Yoyo's first Full length live album! 

Yoyo's first full length live album 'Live at Vai Te Mihi' is out now! Recorded when he returned to Rapa Nui after 4 long years living overseas in 2015. He had released the album Hoko Manu in 2011 and within a week he left the island. Over the 4 years of absence Hoko Manu exploded in Rapa Nui and internationally, Yoyo returned in 2015 to hear the island singing all his songs, knowing the lyrics and find a big following in Rapa Nui and around the world. From that time on Yoyo played packed concerts in Rapa Nui and turned his attention to the world stage. 'Live at Vai Te Mihi' was recorded at the first concert he gave on his homecoming. Purchase album here: https://yoyotuki.com/music or listen on your favourite streaming platform.

 

Yoyo Tuki performing at Redlands Live & Local 2021 

Yoyo will be performing at Redlands Live & Local 2021 in Cleveland, QLD, Australia on the 23 / 10 / 21. Sharing his music, culture and rich stories with the audiences alongside some of the best acts in the area. For more information, please head to Yoyo's Facebook page. Aroha Nui!

 

 

Yoyo Tuki - Austronesian Art Exhibition in Taiwan 

Yoyo had the absolute honour to be one of the Austronesian Cultural Custodians to be part of the new art exhibition of highly respected and renown indigenous Taiwanese painter of the Amis tribe Yosifu. Entitled 'Embrace', Yoyo has 3 painted portrays by Yosifu himself that will be part of this awaited exhibition, with one of them chosen as the official image to be presented in all promotional material and media. Below you can see the image of Yoyo in the massive billboard for the first exhibition in Luodong Cultural Working House on the 23 / 10 /21. If you would like to know more about Yosifu and his art, please head to his website: https://www.yosifuart.com/

 

 

Yoyo Tuki - Performing at BRISFEST 2021 

Yoyo will be performing at BRISFEST 2021, the biggest festival in the city of Brisbane QLD, Australia. Joined by his band and traditional dancers, Yoyo will be sharing the music, culture & stories of Rapa Nui with the Brisbane audience. For the full details, please head to Yoyo's Facebook page. Aroha Nui! 

Yoyo Tuki - Streets of Our Town  

Thank you Nance Haxton from Streets of Our Town, Australia for issuing this online article and interview about Yoyo's work, career and cultural background. Click here to read the full interview.

Cultura Do Resto Do Mundo - Brazil 

Brazilian digital magazine 'Cultura Do Resto Do Mundo' publishes the article: 'Gigantes de piedra’ (‘stone giants’), in which they make a special mention about Yoyo’s music career and life: ‘One of the Rapa Nui speakers that deserves to be highlighted is Yoyo Tuki, born and raised on Easter Island. Yoyo Tuki is a musician and cultural ambassador for Rapa Nui. Member of a family of great cultural relevance, he was influenced by his grandfather "Mana Roa", one of the great sculptors of the island. With tours and festivals in Australia, Polynesia, South America, the United States and Europe, the musician is one of the most important artists in the Rapa Nui scene’.Click here to read the full article.

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