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About the Mentor

The east coast native artist Tipene made waves after independently releasing his first e.p fundraiser album for the unveiling of his mother and nephew.

Tautoko caught the ear of 'Juse', co-owner of Auckland-based record label MTC and led to a record deal with Empire/Warner Music NZ in 2012.

Tipene released his first single "West Side Hori" which charted in NZ Top 20 singles, voted in 20 best songs of 2012 and earned him a top 10 finalist nomination for APRA Silver Scroll 2013. The video generated 100,000+ hits on youtube in its first month.

Tautoko, Tipene's debut album features the elite of NZ musicians Che-Fu, Prince Tui Teka, Scribe, Sid Diamond, Dam Native, K One, Mareko and Majic to name a few.

He has appeared at major music festivals,East Coast Vibes, Exodus, Raggamuffin Roadshow and SPLORE.

He has also had international success with his song "Doin My Thing ft Scribe" charting in the US TOP 100, opening for The Original Wailers (Bob Marley), Bone Thugs n Harmony and Joe Walsh (The Eagles).

Tipene will be touring his album from early 2016 where he will be announcing the launch of a new Independent record label "Native Niche" based in his hometown Hastings, NZ where he will be a hub supporting and pathwaying aspiring artists into the music industry.

Tipene has been with our Mentoring Programmes since 2016.