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For the fans! | Tihei Harawira | TEDxManukau
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Added Aug 2, 2016
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Tihei Harawira was diagnosed with autism and dyslexia, as a child. He has overcome the many challenges this has presented him with and uses his unique talents to perform freestyle rap. Enjoy these 2 songs ... and become a fan!

Tihei Harawira is a freestyle rapper who was born in Otara, South Auckland. As a child, Tihei was diagnosed with autism and dyslexia, was bullied and felt constantly behind in school. However a chance encounter with two musicians at the age of 14 set him on the path to discovering his own unique way of connecting with others; freestyle rapping. Now, Tihei has not only toured his studio album ‘Tihei Life’, he is also a regular performer at the Otara Markets where he turns subjects given to him by market-goers into freestyle raps. Having already completed a certificate in contemporary music, Tihei is now furthering his study by undertaking a diploma in Performing Arts.

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