Gang of Youths have shared a new track, ‘spirit boy’, the final taster of their forthcoming album ‘angel in realtime’.
The song features Shane McLean, a musician specialising in Taonga Pūoro (the traditional instrumentation and music culture of the Māori people) who contributes a spoken word verse.
Frontman Dave Le’aupepe recalls: “We were fortunate to have Shane McLean, an outstanding musician and Taonga Pūoro facilitator, write and perform a spoken verse in Te Reo Māori. A wonderful Māori woman performed ‘rongoā’ on me — a sacred healing practice. It was a transformative experience, and I’m still not quite sure why. There was a moment when this wonderful woman looked at me and said ‘you’re a wairua boy’ — wairua in Te Reo means something like ‘spirit’.”
‘angel in realtime’ is set for release this Friday, 25th February. You can check out new track ‘spirit boy’ below.