Waiata Māori Music Award Finalists Announced!

August 10th 2018
The Waiata Māori Music Awards are kicking off Māori Music Month this August with the announcement of the 2018 awards finalists.

Now in its 11th year, the Waiata Māori Music Awards celebrate excellence in Māori music and also aim to acknowledge and honour the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of Māori music.

The awards were established by the late composer, musician and teacher Tama Huata ONZM (Ng?ti Kahungunu), a renowned leader and champion of the Māori Music and performing arts industry. Tama's daughter Ellison now helms the awards as the Executive Director and says "The calibre of the finalists in our 11th anniversary year is a great testament to the quality and diversity of M?ori composers, musicians and performers that we have in Aotearoa. The Waiata Māori Music Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate both our traditional and contemporary Māori artists."

The Waiata Māori Music Awards' Ambassadors are some of New Zealand's most acclaimed Māori singer/songwriters: Maisey Rika, Taisha Tari, Rob Ruha and Tama Waipara championing the Waiata Māori Music Awards kaupapa.

This year's ceremony will be held on the evening of Friday September 14thin Hastings at the Clubs Hastings, Cnr of Victoria & Albert Street, Hastings.

Best Māori Female Solo Artist

Ria Hall
Sandy Mill
Huia Hamon

Best Māori Male Solo Artist
Troy Kingi
Rob Ruha
Seth Haapu

Best Māori Traditional Album Te Reo M?ori
Rob Ruha - Survivance
Maaka - Moeke
REI - Rangatira

Best Māori Pop Album

Troy Kingi - Shake that skinny ass all the way to Zygerton
La Coco - You Got Me
Maaka - Moeke

Best Māori Urban Rap/Hip Hop/RnB Album

Rob Ruha - Survivance
REI - Rangatira
La Coco - Love and Other Things Part 2

Best Māori Urban Roots/Reggae Album

Ria Hall - Rules of Engagement
Rob Ruha - Survivance
Tomorrow People - BBQ Reggae

Best Song By A Māori Artist

Troy Kingi - Aztechknowledgey
Rob Ruha - Kalega
LAB - Controller

Best Māori Songwriter

Rob Ruha
Seth Haapu

Best Music Video By A Maori Artist
Vallkyrie - Aztec Breath
Alien Weaponry - Kai Tangata
Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai P?
Seth Haapu - New Wave
Rob Ruha - KALEGA

Icon Award Recipients

Keepers of Tradition
Derek Lardelli
Dame Georgina Kingi

Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music

Monty Cowan
Music Industry Award
Carl Perkins

Iconic Māori Music Composers Award - Historical

Ngatai Huata


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