It's a long way between New Zealand and the Mississippi Delta, but you can find a shortcut in Grant Haua's music. Of Maori origin, our man vindicates his ancestors in his songs, sings poetry with poetry and his guitar elevates emotions to the peak of spirituality and sensitivity. It would be simple to evoke John Hiatt when you listen to him sing, his particular vocal style is as personal as incisive, he transmits all the intensity of the stories he tells and puts each note in the right place with the passion that emanates in each of his performances. It's blues, but its roots are not only found in the south of the United States, they can also be found in a cultural idiosyncrasy that, not because it's unknown and distant, ceases to have the necessary elements to be recognized as folk music, country music or Louisian swamp-pop . It's a pleasure to discover musicians like Grant Haua, as far away as it's indispensable to enrich the musical culture of any fan of blues music with open ears.