August 14, 2022 /

Recognising the talented winners of the 2022 Best Jazz Artist and Composition awards

Today we celebrate the winners of the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist and the APRA Best Jazz Composition, which were announced today live on Radio New Zealand’s Music 101.

Aotearoa-born, London-based jazz musician Myele Manzanza has won the Tūī for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist for his album Crisis and Opportunity Vol.1, while Lauren Ellis won the award for APRA Best Jazz Composition for ‘Papatūānuku’.

Born out of the necessity to direct his creative energy in a productive direction and maintain his growth as an artist during the 2020 Covid 19 lockdown, Myele Manzanza recorded his album Crisis and Opportunity Vol.1 as a reflection of the challenging times.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Lauren Ellis has become an active and busy member of the local music community as educator, performer, and composer after making her mark on the Wellington jazz scene.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen congratulates both musicians for their contributions to the jazz scene in Aotearoa and internationally.

“E mihi ana Myele rāua Lauren. Whether at home or abroad creativity knows no bounds, and it’s an honour to recognise you both with these awards.”

APRA AMCOS Member Operations Manager Mike Hall says: “A broad range of work with compelling originality and artistry, 2022 finalists in the APRA Best Jazz Composition award once again showed the deep well of talent in Aotearoa. Congratulations to Lauren Ellis for Papatūānuku – a remarkable and inspiring composition”

Other finalists for the Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Music Artist were Devil’s Gate Outfit and Jake Baxendale & Jasmine Lovell-Smith, while the finalists for the APRA Best Jazz Composition award were Myele Manzana for ‘Brixton Blues’ and Darren Pickering for ‘TA2’.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Music Artist

  • Winner: Myele Manzanza – Crisis & Opportunity Vol.1
  • Devil’s Gate Outfit – Jazz From The Underground Nightclubs Of Aotearoa Volume 5
  • Jake Baxendale & Jasmine Lovell-Smith – Sanctuary

 

Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition

  • Winner: Lauren Ellis – ‘Papatūānuku’
  • Myele Manzanza – ‘Brixton Blues’
  • Darren Pickering – ‘TA2’
August 5, 2022 /

An evening of celebration at the 2022 Pacific Music Awards

Pacific musicians recognised at in-person awards ceremony in Manukau, Auckland

This evening the Pacific music community was celebrated at the 2022 Pacific Music Awards at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau, Auckland.

Onehunga-based hip hop crew SWIDT took out three awards for Flava Best Pacific Group, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist and APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Kelz Garage’, written by Daniel Latu, Amon McGoram, Isaiah Libeau, Lomez Brown, and Samuel Verlinden.

Fellow artist Kings was named for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, and received both the NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award and NZ On Air Streaming Award for his track ‘Help Me Out’ featuring Sons of Zion.

Barbecue favourites Tomorrow People were honoured with One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist as well as the Recorded Music Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album for their album 21.

For their work on The Panthers OST, Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith were recognised with the MPG/SAE Best Producer award. Furthermore, the song ‘Ain’t The Same’ featuring Melodownz & Summer Vaha’akolo won NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video and was directed by Tom Hern and Timēna Apa.

Several first time finalists won their respective categories as well. Anthem were recognised with 531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist, while Sam V and Lisi were awarded Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist and Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist respectively.

Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist was awarded to Emily Muli, while Kas Futialo received the award for SunPix Best Pacific Language for the album Grandmasta Kas.

Sibling outfit Samson Squad were the crowd favourites, taking out SunPix People’s Choice Award for Best Pacific Artist, while newcomer Jarna was awarded the Phillip Fuemana Award for Most Promising Pacific Artist.

Receiving the first Creative New Zealand Awards are Shepherds Reign, recognising their contributions to the Pacific music scene and to help further the impact of their art.

The inaugural Arch Angel Independent Artist Award was presented to lilbubblegum to support his burgeoning career, after his breakout hit ‘af1s’ went viral last year – reaching over 20 million Spotify streams.

There were three recipients of this year’s Ministry for Pacific People’s Special Recognition Award – Ngaire Fuata, Tagata Pasifika and Niu FM – Pacific Media Network. All three deserve to be celebrated for the impact they’ve made on the local Pacific community in Aotearoa.Finally, Fa’anana Jerome Grey was selected as the 2022 recipient of the Manukau Institute of Technology Te Pukenga Lifetime Achievement Award.

Grey’s iconic song ‘We Are Samoa’ became the unofficial anthem of the country, and his legacy was celebrated through a tribute performance by Brotherhood Musiq and Resonate.

Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says: “2022 Pacific Music Awards bares testimony to Ene tolonga [Tonga] Kena ivakaraitaki [Fiji] Maufetuuna’i [Samoa] Te Pakari [Maori Aotearoa] Resilience return to live music live audience honouring and celebrating our Pacific artists and industry.

“Mindful of our Kaupapa themes of Connections, Collaboration and Community Pasifika music soundtracks of our people and this recent COVID19 reality come history. Pasifika Music Pasifika Artists Pasifika nations honoured and celebrated 2022 Pasifika Music Awards manuia.”

Event Producer Petrina Togi-Sa’ena says: “We are grateful and so thankful that we could return with a live event this year for the Pacific Music Awards.  This gave us the opportunity to gather together as an extended family and as a community, to collectively celebrate Pacific music together.

“With more award categories and a full show of amazing live performances, it was such a wonderful uplifting night.  Huge thanks to our sponsors, funders, supporters and the team that work so hard to make the awards event possible.  Congratulations to all the finalists, winners and award recipients – we are so proud of you all!”

Alongside the celebration of Pacific musicians, there were several live performances from finalists and winners alike including House of Misfits, Kings,  Mo. Etc, Sam V, SWIDT and Tomorrow People.

2022 Pacific Music Awards winners:

Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:

  • WINNER: Emily Muli – ‘Break’
  • Mo Etc.Oceanbed
  • Tree – ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

  • WINNER: KingsRaplist, ‘Young 4Eva’
  • Diggy Dupé – ‘WEON’
  • PoetikPoetik Justice

Flava Best Pacific Group:

  • WINNER: SWIDT – ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’
  • Team DynamiteRespect The Process
  • Tomorrow People21

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:

  • WINNER: Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – ‘Ain’t The Same ft. Melodownz & Summer Vaha’akolo’
    • Directed by Tom Hernv and Timēna Apa
  • House of Misfits – ‘Tā Te Manawa’
    • Directed by Abigail Dougherty
  • Vallé – ‘Swing Low’
    • Directed by Connor Pritchard

APRA Best Pacific Song:

  • WINNER: SWIDT ‘Kelz Garage’
    • Written by Daniel Latu, Amon McGoram, Isaiah Libeau, Lomez Brown, Samuel Verlinden
  • Kings – ‘Young 4Eva’
    • Written by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson
  • Samson Squad – ‘Amene’
    • Written by Jacob Samson, Tautape Samson & Jayjay Samson

SunPix Best Pacific Language:

  • WINNER: Kas Futialo Grandmasta Kas
  • Lani Alo – ‘Tua i manu’
  • Samson Squad – ‘Kainga’, ‘Amene’
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Nga Ao E Rua feat. Swizl Jager’’

Base FM & Island Base FM Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:

  • WINNER: SWIDT – ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’
  • Poetik – Poetik Justice
  • Team Dynamite Respect The Process

Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist:

  • WINNER: Sam V – ‘Wired’, ‘Biker Boy’
  • Emily Muli – ‘Break’
  • TJ Taotua Overdue

One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

  • WINNER: Tomorrow People 21
  • Foundation – ‘Closer’
  • Sammielz – ‘Okay’
  • Victor J Sefo – ‘Pele Ea’, ‘Ride’, ‘Shots’

531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

  • WINNER: Anthem – Anthem
  • Tree – ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’
  • House of Misfits ‘Tā Te Manawa’

Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist:

  • WINNER: Lisi – ‘Good Life’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Til the Death’, ‘Baby We On’
  • Bina Butta & Kennyon Brown – ‘Lady Love’
  • Jaro Local – ‘Kamanda Amanda’, ‘First Time’, ‘Single Papa’, ‘25 Minutes’

MPG/SAE Best Producer

  • WINNER: Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – The Panthers OST
    • Producers: Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan, P Smith
  • Team Dynamite – Respect The Process
    • Producer: Harry (Haz Beats) Huavi
  • Tomorrow People – 21
    • Producers: IKON MUSIC – Avina Kelekolio, Hennie Tui, Tana Tupai

Recorded Music Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa | Best Pacific Music Album

  • WINNER:Tomorrow People – 21
  • Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – The Panthers OST
  • Kings – Raplist

SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist

  • Samson Squad

Phillip Fuemana Award – Most Promising Pacific Artist

  • Jarna

Creative New Zealand Award

  • Shepherds Reign

Ministry for Pacific People’s Special Recognition Awards

  • Ngaire Fuata
  • Tagata Pasifika
  • Niu FM – Pacific Media Network

Arch Angel Independent Music Award

  • lilbubblegum

Manukau Institute of Technology Te Pukenga Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Fa’anana Jerome Grey

For more information: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz

August 1, 2022 /

Celebrating Kiwi jazz success with Best Artist and Composition announcement

As the local scene continues to develop and grow, today we celebrate the talented finalists for Recorded Music New Zealand Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist and APRA Best Jazz Composition awards.

Aotearoa-born, London-based jazz musician Myele Manzanza leads the nominations as a finalist for both awards for his album Crisis & Opportunity Vol.1 and composition ‘Brixton Blues’.

Joining Myele as finalists for Best Jazz Artist are Pōneke-based septet Devil’s Gate Outfit for Jazz From The Underground Nightclubs Of Aotearoa Volume 5 and Kiwi duo Jake Baxendale & Jasmine Lovell-Smith for Sanctuary.

And for the APRA Best Jazz Composition awards, drummer and composer Lauren Ellis for her composition ‘Papatūānuku’ and Darren Pickering for his composition ‘TA2’ round out the 2022 finalists.

Recorded Music New Zealand Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Artist

As a drummer and composer, Myele Manzanza has earned himself a reputation as a visionary musician who is not afraid to experiment.

His album Crisis and Opportunity Vol.1 was born out of the necessity to direct his creative energy in a productive direction and maintain his growth as an artist during the 2020 Covid 19 lockdown – a reflection of the times.

For the last three years, Devil’s Gate Outfit have been thrilling audiences with their unique blend of jazz composition, sonic exploration, improvisation and deep grooves.

The group’s album Jazz From The Underground Nightclubs Of Aotearoa Volume 5 was recorded live in concert at Meow in September 2021, directly after New Zealand’s second Covid lockdown and features compositions inspired by Wellington’s rugged and volatile South coast.

Finally, Sanctuary is a collaborative album featuring works by New Zealand jazz composers Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith. Developed for an eleven-piece ensemble, the musicians featured on the album are a multi-generational cast of favourite collaborators from the Wellington jazz scene.

With the inclusion of flute and bass clarinet along with traditional winds, brass and rhythm, the ensemble has a rich, chamber-like texture, yet maintains the fluidity and agility that are typical of small group jazz, allowing space for the improvising voices of each musician.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen said the finalists for this year’s Tūī were all deserving of celebration for their craft.

“There is no denying that the last few years have been a challenge for our musicians, but from these challenges experimental and exceptional recordings have been born. The calibre of the finalists for 2022’s Te Kaipuroro Tautito Toa make me very excited for the future”

APRA Best Jazz Composition

Before relocating to the United States, Lauren Ellis made her mark on the Wellington jazz scene, leading and playing for a number of well-known groups, including Richter City Rebels, The Presidents of Funk, and Gold Nugget Pawn Shop.

Now a finalist for Best Jazz Composition for ‘Papatūānuku’, Lauren is an active and busy member of the Los Angeles music community as educator, performer and composer – working on film and documentary scores, as well as creating commissioned works for ensembles in both the US and Aotearoa.

Darren is a jazz pianist, composer, educator, modular synthesist and session musician based in Christchurch who is nominated for Best Jazz Composition this year for his composition ‘TA2’.

His quartet – Darren Pickering Small Worlds – focuses on the original compositions of Darren’s and re-imagined cover versions of selected works from other genres. He has also recorded several solo electronic ambient works, and performs with Bits of Beck, Swim Against the Tide, and Wulfie.

And after being nominated for Best Jazz Composition in 2020, Myele Myzanza is once again a finalist for the award with his composition ‘Brixton Blues’.  Alongside collaborators Ashley Henry, Mark de Clive-Lowe, James Copus, Benjamin Muralt, George Crowley, Myele takes us on a sonic journey of people watching while taking a trip around Brixton.

APRA Head of NZ Operations Anthony Healey says: “The music is exciting, its fresh and reflects everything going on in the world right now. These composers are each on the global stage but firmly drawing on the uniqueness of Aotearoa’s place in it. We are thrilled to celebrate them all.”

The winners of each award will be announced live on Radio New Zealand’s Music 101 on Saturday 13th August 2022.

Finalists for Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa | Best Jazz Music Artist

  • Devil’s Gate Outfit – Jazz From The Underground Nightclubs Of Aotearoa Volume 5
  • Jake Baxendale & Jasmine Lovell-Smith – Sanctuary
  • Myele Manzanza – Crisis & Opportunity Vol.1

 

Finalists for APRA Best Jazz Composition

  • Lauren Ellis – ‘Papatūānuku’
  • Myele Manzanza – ‘Brixton Blues’
  • Darren Pickering – ‘TA2’
July 1, 2022 /

Copyright term extension in EU-NZ FTA a win for New Zealand music

Recorded Music NZ has welcomed the extension of copyright term for sound recordings in New Zealand, as part of the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement announced today.

Recording artists and right holders in Aotearoa currently have copyright protection over their recordings for only 50 years from the date of release, in contrast to every other OECD country which provides 70 years’ protection.

The NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement will extend the term to 70 years and bring New Zealand into line with international norms and with the European Union as a trading partner.

Recorded Music NZ CEO Jo Oliver says that extending copyright term is a welcome outcome for New Zealand recording artists and right holders, and for everyone that supports Aotearoa’s music industry.

“Copyright enables artists to make a living from their work and is fundamental to the sustainability and future growth of the music industry in Aotearoa.

“Extending copyright term to 70 years from the date of release puts New Zealand artists and right holders on a level playing field with their overseas counterparts.

“This long overdue change will help preserve and protect iconic recordings from Aotearoa, and support the New Zealand artists that created them.”

The Government has announced that while the negotiation is complete, the full text of the Free Trade Agreement is still being finalised. The Government is expected to sign the agreement next year and when it enters into force there is a maximum of four years to implement term extension.

June 29, 2022 /

Official NZ Music Charts to include video plays from this weekend data hits the charts this weekend

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Official NZ Music Charts will soon include video plays in their equation to determine the most popular tunes each week.

Recorded Music NZ’s Chart Compiler Paul Kennedy says the change, beginning this weekend (Saturday, July 2), will help bolster the charts and better reflect the range of ways that music fans find and listen to their favourite music.

“We know that watching on-demand video on platforms like YouTube and Apple Music has been one of the big ways that many people consume music for a long time now.

“A great video can be a big factor in the popularity of a song and is often one of the core elements of an artist’s creative toolkit in finding an audience for their music.

“So we’re very pleased to now be updating the charts to include this data,” he says.

Sales and audio streaming will remain the substantial factor in charting so having a video is not essential. However, a good video gaining plenty of views could now push a hit song higher up the charts than it might currently appear.

The Official NZ Music Charts have been around since 1975 and have undergone many modifications over the years to accommodate the ever-changing music industry landscape and best reflect the evolving choices of New Zealand music fans.

More details about how video streaming is being included in the Official Charts can be found HERE.
If you have any questions please contact paul@recordedmusic.co.nz

June 22, 2022 /

Fresh talent and industry icons among 2022 Pacific Music Award finalists

Last night, the finalists for the 2022 Pacific Music Awards were announced at an event at The 312 Hub in Onehunga.

Across 13 awards categories, this year’s 26 finalists are a mix of new musicians debuting music, established Pacific music icons and everything in between.

Leading the finalist nominations this year are Tomorrow People with four nods including Flava Best Pacific Group, One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for 21.

The producers responsible for this album are also nominated for Best Producer – IKON MUSIC: Avina Kelekolio, Hennie Tui and Tana Tupai.

Furthermore, nine first time finalists were also celebrated this evening: House of Misfits (531pi Best Gospel Artist , NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video), Anthem (531pi Best Gospel Artist), Bina Butta and Kennyon Brown (Niu FM Best International Artist), Foundation (One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist), Lisi (Niu FM Best International Artist), Mo Etc. (Auckland Council Best Female Artist), Sam V (Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist), and Sammielz (One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist).

With such a strong local movement, it’s only natural hip hop has a presence at this year’s awards. Kings (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Young 4Eva’, Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for Raplist) and SWIDT (Flava Best Pacific Group, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist, APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Kelz Garage’) are both nominated for three awards this year.

Furthermore, Poetik (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist) and Team Dynamite (Flava Best Pacific Group, Base FM & Island Base Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist) are both finalists for two awards, with Harry (Haz Beats) Huavi also nominated for Best Producer for his work on Team Dynamite’s album Respect The Process.

For their work on ‘The Panthers’ miniseries, Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan and P.Smith are finalists for NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for the track ‘Ain’t The Same ft. Melodownz & Summer Vaha’akolo’ directed by Tom Hern, as well as Best Producer and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Album for The Panthers OST. Diggy Dupé is also a finalist for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist for his track ‘WEON’.

After winning Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Album last year for Mrs Tree and NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for ‘Afio Ane Loa’, Tree is back as a finalist for 531pi Best Gospel Artist and Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist for the track ‘No Fear ft. Junior Soqeta’.

Other finalists include:

  • Emily Muli (Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist)
  • Samson Squad (SunPix Best Pacific Language, APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Amene’)
  • Shepherds Reign (SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • Kas Futialo (SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • Lani Alo (SunPix Best Pacific Language)
  • TJ Taotua (Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist)
  • Victor J Sefo (One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist)
  • Vallé (NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for ‘Swing Low’)
  • Jaro Local (Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist)

Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua said: “At this significant time of year, Matariki, we are proud to be acknowledging the shining stars of our Pacific music community – announcing our finalists for the 2022 Pacific Music Awards.

“We are grateful for all those that have gone before, honouring loved ones we have lost, and we look forward to this time to gather together and celebrate. We also look forward to planning the time ahead, including the celebration that is our Pacific Music Awards.

“After two years of presenting the awards online, we can’t wait to return to a live show, sharing the night with all our families, friends and communities.”

There will be six other awards announced for the 2022 Pacific Music Awards: Phillip Fuemana Most Promising Pacific Artist, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award, NZ On Air Streaming Award, SunPix People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist, Ministry for Pacific Peoples Special Recognition Award and the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winner of the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album category is presented with an official Tūī and recognised at the Aotearoa Music Awards later in the year. The APRA Best Pacific Song Award recipient will also be recognised at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards.

For a taste of this year’s finalists, their work can be found on this Spotify playlist.

2022 Pacific Music Awards finalists:

Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:

  • Emily Muli – ‘Break’
  • Mo Etc.Oceanbed
  • Tree – ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

  • Diggy Dupé – ‘WEON’
  • KingsRaplist, ‘Young 4Eva’
  • PoetikPoetik Justice

Flava Best Pacific Group:

  • SWIDT – ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’
  • Team DynamiteRespect The Process
  • Tomorrow People21

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:

  • Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – ‘Ain’t The Same ft. Melodownz & Summer Vaha’akolo’
    • Directed by Tom Hern
  • House of Misfits – ‘Tā Te Manawa’
    • Directed by Abigail Dougherty
  • Vallé – ‘Swing Low’
    • Directed by Connor Pritchard

APRA Best Pacific Song:

  • Kings – ‘Young 4Eva’
    • Written by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson
  • Samson Squad – ‘Amene’
    • Written by Jacob Samson, Tautape Samson & Jayjay Samson
  • SWIDT ‘Kelz Garage’
    • Written by Daniel Latu, Amon McGoram. Lomez Brown, Samuel Verlinden

SunPix Best Pacific Language:

  • Kas Futialo Grandmasta Kas
  • Lani Alo – ‘Tua i manu’
  • Samson Squad – ‘Kainga’, ‘Amene’
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Nga Ao E Rua’

Base FM & Island Base FM Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:

  • Poetik – Poetik Justice
  • SWIDT – ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’
  • Team Dynamite Respect The Process

Best Pacific Soul/RnB Artist:

  • Emily Muli – ‘Break’
  • Sam V – ‘Wired’, ‘Biker Boy’
  • TJ Taotua Overdue

One Love Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

  • Foundation – ‘Closer’
  • Sammielz – ‘Okay’
  • Tomorrow People 21
  • Victor J Sefo – ‘Pele Ea’, ‘Ride’, ‘Shots’

531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

  • Anthem – Anthem
  • Tree – ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’
  • House of Misfits ‘Tā Te Manawa’

Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist:

  • Bina Butta & Kennyon Brown – ‘Lady Love’
  • Jaro Local – ‘Kamanda Amanda’, ‘First Time’, ‘Single Papa’, ‘25 Minutes’
  • Lisi – ‘Good Life’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Til the Death’, ‘Baby We On’

Best Producer

  • Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – The Panthers OST
    • Producers: Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan, P Smith
  • Team Dynamite – Respect The Process
    • Producer: Harry (Haz Beats) Huavi
  • Tomorrow People – 21
    • Producers: IKON MUSIC – Avina Kelekolio, Hennie Tui, Tana Tupai

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:

  • Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith – The Panthers OST
  • Kings – Raplist
  • Tomorrow People – 21

All the artist finalists:

 

  • Anthem – Anthem
  • Bina Butta & Kennyon Brown – ‘Lady Love’
  • Diggy Dupé – ‘WEON’
  • Diggy Dupé, choicevaughan & P. Smith The Panthers OST
  • Emily Muli – ‘Break’
  • Foundation – ‘Closer’
  • House of Misfits – ‘Tā Te Manawa’
  • Jaro Local – ‘Kamanda Amanda’, ‘First Time’, ‘Single Papa’, ‘25 Minutes’
  • Kas Futialo Grandmasta Kas
  • Kings – Raplist, ‘Young 4Eva’
  • Lani Alo – ‘Tua i manu’
  • Lisi – ‘Good Life’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Til the Death’, ‘Baby We On’
  • Mo Etc. – Oceanbed
  • Poetik – Poetik Justice
  • Sam V – ‘Wired’, ‘Biker Boy’
  • Sammielz – ‘Okay’
  • Samson Squad – ‘Kainga’, ‘Amene’
  • Shepherds Reign – ‘Nga Ao E Rua’
  • SWIDT – ‘Seize the Day ft Savage’, ‘Kelz Garage’, ‘312 Day’
  • Team Dynamite – Respect The Process
  • TJ Taotua – Overdue
  • Tomorrow People21
  • Tree – ‘No Fear ft Junior Soqeta’
  • Vallé – ‘Swing Low’
  • Victor J Sefo – ‘Pele Ea’, ‘Ride’, ‘Shots’

 

For more information: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz

June 21, 2022 /

Nominations for the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards open today

Nominations for the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards open today

The call is out to artists across the country with nominations now open for the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards.

From today, musicians, producers, engineers, and visual artists who have contributed to the local music industry can be put forward for a 2022 Tūī.

Nomination details can be found on the Aotearoa Music Awards website. Unless otherwise specified, awards are open to New Zealand artists who have recordings commercially released between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022 (12 months).

This also includes country music artists, with the inclusion of the Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa | Best Country Music Artist presentation announced in February.

Please note the eligibility period for Best Country Music Artist is recordings commercially released between 1 January 2021 and 31 July 2022.  Nominations stay open until 5pm, Monday 1 August.

Changes to the Aotearoa Music Awards for 2022

Sarah Owen, Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa, says the awards will look a bit different this year.

There will be nominations, finalists, and Tūī winners as usual, with a special invite-only celebration later in the year – but no televised awards ceremony.

“Recorded Music NZ is proud to be kaitiaki and host of the Aotearoa Music Awards, the country’s longest standing awards show which has continually evolved over the years,” says Sarah.

“In 2022, the traditional awards show format is under pressure around the world, and event organisers are facing a different market for commercial sponsorship post COVID-19. Against the backdrop of social change, the pandemic and audience shifts, we feel the time is right to pause our annual awards ceremony for a year.

“This will give us the time and space to reflect and review the Aotearoa Music Awards and make a plan for 2023 and beyond. As part of this process, we will be engaging with artists, partners and the music community to find out what’s important to them.

“In the meantime, we encourage everyone to submit their nominations for the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards. While it’s been a challenging 12 months, the creative talent across Aotearoa has shone through and we can’t wait to once again celebrate recording artists, their recordings, and the achievements of the hapori puoro across Aotearoa.”

2022 Nominations

The Tūī presented at the 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards are:

  • Te Pukaemi o te Tau | Album of the Year
  • Te Waiata Tōtahi o te Tau | Single of the Year
  • Te Roopu Toa | Best Group
  • Te Kaipuoro Takitahi Toa | Best Solo Artist
  • Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year
  • Te Kaipuoro Māori Toa | Best Māori Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Arotini Toa | Best Pop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Manohi Toa | Best Alternative Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Awe Toa | Best Soul/RnB Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Hipihope Toa | Best Hip Hop Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Roots Artist
  • Mana Reo Award
  • Te Kaipuoro Tāhiko Toa | Best Electronic Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Rakapioi Toa | Best Rock Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Tuawhenua Toa / Best Country Music Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist
  • Te Kaiwhakaputa Toa/Best Producer
  • Te Kaipukaha Toa /Best Engineer
  • Te Toi Ataata Pukaemi Toa /Best Album Artwork
  • Te Kiko Puoro Ataata Toa | Best Music Video Content

The finalists will be announced in September.

Other ngā Tūī presented during the year include:

  • Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa/Best Folk Artist
  • Te Kaipuoro Tautito Toa/Best Jazz Artist
  • Te Pukaemi Toa o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa/Best Pacific Music Album
  • Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa/Best Children’s Music Artist.
May 16, 2022 /

Announcing The Winners Of The 2022 NZ Children’s Music Awards

APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ are all wiggly with excitement to announce the winners for the 2022 NZ Children’s Music Awards – celebrating music written and recorded for children.

APRA Best Children’s Song winner:
– Kath Bee, Ryan Beehre, Luke Epapara for E Tū Tāngata – Stand Together performed by Mika Elley ft. Kurnel MC

Recorded Music NZ Te Kaipuoro Waiata Tamariki Toa / Best Children’s Music Artist winner:
– Music with Michal for Summer Days

NZ On Air Best Children’s Music Video winner: 
– Chris Lam Sam for Song About Nothing video produced by Mukpuddy Animation

Also celebrated was Luke Nola, this year’s recipient of the Baysting Prize for Children’s Champion.  Passionate ideas guy, former ad agency creative, backyard inventor and ultimate goober, Luke Nola has been an inspirational television producer and vociferous advocate for the possibilities of young imaginations in Aotearoa. He is the creator of The Goober Brothers, the internationally renowned, BAFTA and Emmy nominated TV format, Let’s Get Inventin’, Kea Kids News and Nano Girl and the Imaginauts amongst others.

The awards were held this afternoon (Sunday 15 May) at a special family friendly event at Tuning Fork, Spark Arena.  Opened by Suzy Cato and hosted by a gaggle of gorgeous tamariki and rangatahi, the celebration was opened with a mihi whakatau by tamariki from Newton Central School, followed by more of our kiwi kids presenting finalists and winners, from the What Now Studios, and Kids Radio Stations, from around the country, via video.  Guests were treated to live performances by Music with Michal, Loopy Tunes Preschool Music, Levity Beet and Kath Bee. Following the awards, tamariki experienced creative musical activities and an atrium full of imaginative play times.  The afternoon concluded with a celebratory afternoon tea for whānau courtesy of Spark Arena.

Presented by Recorded Music NZ, APRA AMCOS NZ and NZ On Air, the awards have the support of Kiwi Kids Music, the national association of children’s songwriters, creators and producers.  Formed by some of the most passionate creators of music for Kiwi Kids, the association supports NZ children’s music creators and seeks to advance the potential of all our children to live healthy fulfilling lives.

Thanks to all the performers and presenters, Spark Arena and NZ On Air who have created a special Spotifty playlist celebrating this year’s finalists available here.

Chris Lam Sam is one of Aotearoa’s most recognisable musical entertainers for young families.  Since 2003 he has been a member of NZ children’s musical supergroup, The Funky Monkeys, who have performed more than 900 shows, produced seven albums and won the inaugural APRA NZ Best Children’s Music Video Award in 2008.  Released on 26 September, Silly Funny Songs For Kids is his first independent album. Chris continues to tour and perform original music for young families in his independent show, Mr. Lam Sam’s Musical Mayhem Show.

Kath Bee has been writing songs for school-aged children for 20 years and has won several APRA awards including ‘Children’s Song of the Year’ in 2020, with “I Love Life” co-written by Doug Stenhouse.  E Tū Tāngata commissioned Kath to write a song to add to their kete of resources for primary/intermediate schools, tackling ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’ in Aotearoa, to transform communities.  To add a ‘Kiwi/Pacifica’ feel, Kath asked Luke Epapara, aka Kurnel MC, a NZ rapper living in the UK and Ryan Beehre aka Serpico, a producer/musician and one of the founding members of pioneering electronica band, Minuit, to help her create this song.  The song is sung by

Mika Elley and includes many wonderful children’s voices, all from the Nelson region.

Michal Bushwith an exceptional four nominations this year, is a Christchurch singer-songwriter performing as ‘Music with Michal’.  Known for her catchy, beautiful and often meaningful (sometimes silly) songwriting – Michal’s music is making waves both locally and internationally with her song ‘Brave’ winning Best Children’s Song in the 2021 NZ Childrens Music Awards and currently sitting as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Michal has released two full length albums and a series of emotional wellbeing videos, while also publishing five children’s picture books. In 2020, Michal begun collaborating with production duo and multi instrumentalists Victoria and Andrew Knopp.  The duo have their own indie pop project The Response and work with various NZ acts to help them shape and develop their sound.

 

April 30, 2022 /

2022 Best Folk Artist Tūī awarded to Troy Kingi

Multi-award-winning musician Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has been awarded the 2022 Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa | Best Folk Artist Tūī for his album Black Sea Golden Ladder.

A collaboration between himself and award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Delaney Davidson, the album consists of free-form compositions set to ten original poems documenting the life cycle of humankind.

Kingi has also collaborated with Hi Mama Productions to produce a thought-provoking visual representation of the album that explores an existential life experience.

Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen congratulates Kingi on his win, Black Sea Golden Ladder being his first dive into folk music as part of his aspirational 10 10 10 series: a challenge to produce 10 albums, in 10 different genres, over 10 years.

“Troy is an exceptionally talented musician who has proven his musical prowess with albums spanning a range of genres,” says Owen.

“We’re extremely excited to see what Troy brings us next, and congratulate him again on adding the 2022 Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa Tūī to his long list of achievements.”

The other finalists for the 2022 Best Folk Artist Tūī were Miles Calder for his album Autopilot Life and folk duo We Mavericks for their album Grief’s a Gardener.

Te Kaipuoro Taketake Toa is usually presented to the recipient at the Auckland Folk Festival. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the winner was announced live on Radio New Zealand’s Music 101 this afternoon.

ENDS

NOTE:

The Tūī for Best Folk Artist 2022 is for recordings released in the 12 months to 30 September 2021. The Folk category was first introduced to the Awards in 1984.

Recent previous winners of the Tūī for Best Folk Album

  • 2013 – Great North – Halves
  • 2014 – Tattletale Saints – How Red Is the Blood
  • 2015 – Great North – Up In Smoke
  • 2016 – Holly Arrowsmith – For The Weary Traveller
  • 2017 – Guy Wishart – West By North
  • 2018 – Albi & The Wolves – One Eye Open
  • 2019 – The Frank Burkitt Band – Raconteur
  • 2020 – Mel Parsons – Glass Heart
  • 2021 – Tattletale Saints – Dancing Under the Dogwoods

 

Finalists’ websites

Miles Calder: https://www.milescalder.com/

Troy Kingi: https://www.troykingi.com/

We Mavericks: https://www.wemavericks.com.au/

March 14, 2022 /

Dates Announced For Recorded Music NZ Board Elections

We have published the dates for the upcoming elections for the Independent Rights Holder Representative Director and Artist Representative Director positions on the Board of Recorded Music NZ.  Independent shareholders of Recorded Music are eligible to vote in the elections and to nominate candidates.

Upcoming dates are:

Friday 1st April – Cut off for eligible right holders who are currently not shareholders of Recorded Music NZ to elect to become a shareholder. Once a shareholder you are eligible to nominate and vote in the upcoming elections.

For those who are eligible and currently not a shareholder we have contacted you by a separate email.

Monday 4th April – Nominations open for the Independent Rights Holder Representative Director and Artist Representative Director positions on the Board of Recorded Music NZ.

The full set of dates and process following this is available HERE.

The role of the Board is to set the high-level strategic goals of the company and to monitor the implementation of those goals by the management team in line with the Vision, Mission, and Core Principles.  This includes providing financial oversight, ensuring responsible use of resources, enhancing relationships with stakeholders, and monitoring legal compliance.

There is work ahead for the Board to help us navigate the complex challenges of maximising income in the uncertain environment of COVID-19, while continuing to provide excellent services to right holders and recording artists and creating a truly inclusive organisation to serve all the people that make up our recorded music community.

We value a diverse range of voices and experiences represented on the Board and we encourage eligible candidates from all backgrounds to consider being nominated.

Further information about the role of the Board, eligibility requirements and how to be nominated is available HERE.