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Southbound . . . Auckland pop-folk duo Aro, made up of husband-and-wife musicians Charles and Emily Looker, will perform in Geraldine on May 4. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

A musical duo inspired by New Zealand’s native birds will play in Geraldine this weekend.

Aro, the musical project of Auckland-based husband-and-wife duo Charles and Emily Looker, will perform at the Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts on May 4.

The couple – who met while studying music at the University of Auckland – have been touring Aotearoa in support of their debut album Manu (which means “bird” in Māori) since February.

The album, which is sung in both English and Māori, was inspired by the duo’s first national tour last year and incorporates the melodies, rhythms and stories of New Zealand’s native birds.

As well as the sound of the birds, the album also plays on the creatures’ characteristics and significance for Māori to convey messages about life and identity.

Aro’s sound is a mix of pop, R&B, jazz and even kapa haka.

The show will include an opening set from Emily’s solo project “Emily Rice”, accompanied by Callum Lee of Rewind Fields.

The duo will perform at the Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts, on Talbot St, on Saturday, May 4, from 7pm. Tickets at the door.