FRANKO HEKE & MATUA LOUIS TE KOUOREHUA KEREOPA (New Zealand)
FRANKO HEKE is on a mission to raise consciousness through his music and workshops. Drawing on ancient mantra in combination with his own Māori roots, Franko’s devotional sessions are bound to coax your own divine voice into the open with his distinct fresh sounds for today. With years of touring rock music under his belt, Franko’s compass has drawn him north toward a movement, which brings people together, celebrating our unique gifts, our connection to one another and to mother earth. Sought after for yoga, meditation and transformational festival events, Franko’s boundless energy for the betterment of all beings.
Having opened for Xavier Rudd and Nahko & Medicine for the people as well as sharing the microphone with Donavon Frankenreiter, Franko Heke is poised to have his message heard far and wide.
MATUA KEREOPA is a Maori elder (kaumatua). He is recognised as a Matapuna (Living Spring). Matua shares his traditional wisdom and holistic practices that honour Gaia, the Creator, the elements and unconditional love. His main passion and channel for sharing is as a Tohunga Whakairo (traditional Maori master carver). He is a nature-based spiritual counsellor and mentor in various levels of spiritual and emotional guidance and healing. Matua teaches his own form of open-eyed prayer meditation called Te Rakau Rangimarie, or way of the peace stick. This prayer in movement honours the Creator, Gaia and the seven elements of nature.
As a mentor and friend to many souls, he expresses his compassion and love of mankind through guitar, drums, prayer and singing. Matua is invited to share Maori and universal wisdom at elder and Indigenous wisdomkeeper gatherings around the world.