|Born||1973 (age 40–41)
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
|Origin||Upper Hutt, New Zealand|
|Genres||Hip hop, pop, soul, roots|
|Occupations||Singer, MC, songwriter|
|Labels||Southside Records, BMG, Quabax Wax|
|Associated acts||Upper Hutt Posse, Moana and the Moahunters, King Kapisi|
Teremoana Rapley (born 1973) is a New Zealand singer, MC and television presenter, best known for her work in the 1990s with Upper Hutt Posse and Moana and the Moahunters. Teremoana describes herself as having "voluntarily pulled out of mainstream media with her music after realising that the industry is based on looks and not artistry."
Teremoana joined hip hop group Upper Hutt Posse in 1987, aged 14. She sang on the group's early tracks, including "Stormy Weather" and "Ragga Girl" and featured on the group's 1989 album Against the Flow.
In 1989 Teremoana joined Moana Maniapoto's hip hop and pop trio Moana and the Moahunters. The group released two albums, Tahi and Rua and had chart success with many singles, including "Black Pearl", "A.E.I.O.U." and "Peace, Love & Family". Teremoana's work with Moana and the Moahunters saw her awarded Most Promising Female Vocalist at the 1992 New Zealand Music Awards.
In the 1990s Teremoana also provided guest vocals on tracks from other artists, including "Sitting by the Telephone" by Unitone Hi Fi, "Body Rhymes (Protect Yourself)" by MC OJ and Rhythm Slave, "Horified One" by Dam Native and "In Summer" by David Parker.
In 1995 Teremoana turned her attentions to a solo career, releasing the singles "Beautiful People" and a cover of the Nina Simone song "Four Women", and was awarded Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.
Teremoana is married to Bill Urale, who performs as King Kapisi. She has featured on his singles "Saboteur" and "Lollipop". Teremoana and King Kapisi also run The Plantation Store, which includes their Overstayer clothing range produced by the couple and their four children.
Teremoana is also known for her television presenting work. In 1995 she joined long-running New Zealand children's television show What Now as a field reporter. From 1995 to 2001, Teremoana was a presenter on the TV2's Maori youth magazine programme Mai Time.
With Upper Hutt Posse
- Against The Flow (1989) Southside Records
With Moana and the Moahunters
- Tahi (1993) Southside Records
|Year||Title||Performing with||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1992||"Homegirl"||Riot Riddum Sound System||—||Deepgrooves|
|1992||"Body Rhymes (Protect Yourself)"||MC OJ & Rhythm Slave||—||What Can We Say?|
|1992||"In Summer I Fall"||David Parker||35||Release|
|1993||"Sitting by the Phone"||Unitone Hifi||—||Non-album single|
|1995||"Beautiful People"||N/A||—||Non-album single|
|1995||"Four Women"||N/A||—||Non-album single|
|1995||"Horified One"||Dam Native||—||Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted|
|1996||"Love Has No Name"||Babble||—||Ether|
|2001||"Saboteur"||King Kapisi||—||Savage Thoughts|
|2001||"U Say"||Del Rey System||—||Del Rey System|
|2003||"Life" (with Submariner and Mark de Clive Lowe)||N/A||—||Non-album single|
|2006||"Lollipop"||King Kapisi||—||Dominant Species|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|1989||Upper Hutt Posse||1989 New Zealand Music Awards - Most Promising Group||Nominated |
|1992||Teremoana Rapley (Moana and the Moahunters)||1992 New Zealand Music Awards - Most Promising Female Vocalist||Won |
|1996||"Give it Up Now" (Moana and the Moahunters)||1996 New Zealand Music Awards - Best Mana Maori Album||Nominated |
|1996||"Akona Te Reo '95" (Moana and the Moahunters)||1996 New Zealand Music Awards - Best Mana Reo Album||Nominated |
|1996||Teremoana Rapley||1996 New Zealand Music Awards - Best Female Vocalist||Won |
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- "David Parker". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "1989 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 3 May 2013.