In 2012, the native singer-songwriter from Rapa Nui Mario "Ama" Tuki begins the realization of his first studio album called "TAPU" (Consecration), a process that would give life to part of his compositions made over the years.
Starting by bringing together a group of musicians to work on the album, he first included Carlos Campusano, a percussionist from mainland Chile, with whom he'd played for almost 3 years in acoustic format, followed by the native musicians Ata Weissweiller Tepano on drums and Te Uira Zuñiga Tuki on the bass, both former members of the the rapanui experimental band NAKO.
The summer of 2013 at Rapa Nui he met Vai a Tare Paoa, also a native young woman raised in the mainland, inviting her to sing along on some gigs, she became the backing vocal of the band since then.
On this configuration, Amahiro recorded most of Tapu album at the iconic Rapa Nui based TOKERAU STUDIO.
Paoa's vocals would be recorded and added to the album in Santiago, during the mixing process helded by the chilean sound engineer JP Escares in 2014.
During a studies period at the university in Santiago (Chile) he met Andres Pakarati, a Rapa Nui musician temporarily radicated in the chilean capital, with whom played together in parallel of Tapu album recording. Once settled back in the island he became Amahiro's lead guitar until today.
By the end of 2014 and with the album almost done, they sent it to Argentina, where it would be mastered at STEPS AHEAD SOUND by mastering engineer Gustavo Fourcade.
After all year 2015 playing the album without a proper release, it became official in January 2016 at KANAHAU, a brand new venue on the island. This boosted the band professional career with sustained and continuous growing.
2016 meant big changes for the band starting with the inclusion of the chilean sound engineer Bruno Rojas. He supported the band by assisting them on sound and equipment topics and rapidly became the band's roadie and official sound engineer.
In this line up they begun the touring period for the band, leaving the island to perform in mayor stages and festivals in the mainland.
In January 2017 they've attended FITAM Festival in Santiago, where after a "sold out" concert at Gabriela Mistral Center (GAM), they proved that an unknown band of an remote origin and exotic language but with a powerful stance and music, could successfully perform at mayor events and festivals of the national music scene.
That concert resulted in an invitation to perform at LOLLAPALOOZA Santiago in April of the same year. Confirming the quality of the band and tagging it amidst the most important names of the alternative music circle in Chile.
Despite this professional growing, the band suffered an inflection after its participation. The drummer and bassist left the band for differences of the group focusing and the demanded time needed for the project.
Struggling along 2017 and 2018 and auditioning many musicians to fill their configuration, they finally included a chilean drummer radicated in the island, Felu Vega, whom entered the band with strong rock influences. In parallel, Bruno Rojas, further Amahiro's roadie and sound engineer grabbed the bass and pushed in with a new and fresh sound to complete the band.
Since then, the band keeps same members and formation, resulting a new stage in Amahiro's history and sound.
Today, their enjoy of recognizance in their homeland as an iconic contemporary music group, and they've been highlighted overseas by their fans and the specialized critique as an eclectic and powerful indigenous rock band and a "must see and listen" World Music performance.
Since their origins to nowadays, Amahiro have reached most of major scenarios of the national music scene as FITAM 2017 (Santiago), Lollapalooza Chile 2017 (Santiago), Tapati Rapa Nui 2010 - 2020 (Rapa Nui), Rapa Nui + fiiS 2018 - 2019 (Rapa Nui), fiiS Viña del Mar 2019 (Viña del Mar), Feria Pulsar 2018 (Santiago), Festival Fluvial 2019 - 2020 (Valdivia), Rockodromo 2019 (Valparaiso). Also toured overseas to France and England, performing at FIFIG 2019 (Groix, France) and diverse gigs in London, UK.
Actually they're working on their new album with the spectance to release it during 2020.
AMAHIRO is (From left to right): Andrés K. Pakarati (Lead Guitar), Mario "Ama" Tuki (Lead Voice & Rhythm Guitar), Vai a Tare Paoa (Backing Vocals), Felu Vega (Drums) and Bruno Rojas.