RURU KARAITIANA, PIXIE WILLIAMS, AND JIM CARTER TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NEW ZEALAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Three of Aotearoa’s most formative musical figures – Ruru Karaitiana, Pixie Williams, and Jim Carter – will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2019 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Together, they created ‘Blue Smoke’, which in 1949 was the first song written and recorded by New Zealanders to be manufactured in New Zealand and released on a New Zealand label. They gave New Zealand its first homegrown pop song.
The NZ Music Hall of Fame recognises the significant contribution they each made, starting 70 years ago with ‘Blue Smoke’, but also throughout their lives with many more songs. They also made a key impact by inspiring local artists to see there was an important role for them to play in our popular culture.
The story behind ‘Blue Smoke’ is filled with happy coincidences, but also incredible tenacity, and you can read all about it at the link below.
Ruru Karaitiana, Pixie Williams, and Jim Carter will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards at Spark Arena in Auckland on Wednesday 2 October 2019.
The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame was created in 2007 by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ, and has paid tribute to many iconic and groundbreaking Kiwi artists and acts, including The Topp Twins, Shihad, Hello Sailor, Herbs, Moana Maniapoto, Supergroove, Bic Runga, Jenny Morris, and Upper Hutt Posse.
The other awards presented on the night are:
- APRA Silver Scroll Award
- APRA Maioha Award, celebrating exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori
- SOUNZ Contemporary Award, celebrating excellence in contemporary composition
- APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award
- APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award