Past winners and rising stars were recognised at tonight’s Vodafone Pacific Music Awards at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau, Auckland. Congratulations to MMF artists Tomorrow People (Tana Tupai & Avina Kekekolio), Kings (Matt Headland) and Brooke Fraser (Paul McKessar)
Three and a half years of touring blood, sweat and beers have finally come to fruition with the release of Skinny Hobos (Sam Holdom) self-titled debut album. Containing 9 tracks of live set favorites, the album punctuates the end of the first chapter from the Auckland rock and roll 2 piece, and paves the way for new material which lies just around the corner.
Growing up in urban Aotearoa, for some of our New Zealand born Pacific youngsters, it was common practice for parents to threaten to send their children back to the islands. “Graduated” is the true story of what happened to a young south Auckland Sāmoan boy when the threat became a reality and he was sent to his parents birth place without a return ticket.
Friday 25th May 2018 is a special day on the NZ Music Month calendar – it’s Love Your Local Venue Day. In honour of the valiant work our live music venues do supporting musicians and the musical culture of Aotearoa, we want to show them some love back.
This May four bands and artists from New Zealand will be making their way to the south of England to perform at the annual music festival, The Great Escape. This year MMF artists Louis Baker (Cushla Aston), and Teeks (Cilla Ruha), as well as Delaney Davidson and Yukon Era will be making the trip appearing at their own showcases as well as the ‘NZ @ The Great Escape’ day party.
New Zealand Music Month 2018 sees the release of a new Māori language music video by RANEA (Teresa McGregor). Last year facebook fans voted for the song “ĀIO” to be RANEA’s next music video, and a successful funding application to Te Māngai Pāho enabled a video to be produced by Fiona Apanui-Kupenga of Te Amokura Productions.
In 1820, the great Northern War Chief Hongi Hika departed New Zealand for England. On his return, he brought with him the word of God and hundreds of muskets. Things would never be the same again… and so begins the video for Alien Weaponry’s (Niel de Jong) new single, ‘Kai Tangata’.