Whakanuia Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori - Celebrate Māori Language Week - Mahuru 13

September 13th 2018
The theme of Te Wiki o te reo Māori this year is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong'. Today we're featuring a Spotify Sampler playlist of the Waiata Māori Music Awards winners from last year to immerse you in some sweet sounds of Aotearoa.

This playlist includes Amba Holly, a soul R&B singer songwriter who was awarded the radio airplay award at the 2017 Waiata Music Awards for her beautiful waiata 'Mau Tonu'; Common Utility, the NZ roots reggae band based in Ohakune, with its members stretching from the feet of Mount Ruapehu down the Whanganui river to Rātana Pā.

Also featured is Israel Starr from Aotearoa's ever-growing reggae, dub and dancehall scenes; the 23 year old hip hop artist hailing from the capital city, REI; Ruia & Ranea, who are both talented recording artists and composers in Māori & English that hail from from Rātana Pā; the five-piece band Six60, with a unique fusion of roots, reggae, hip-hop, dubstep, and drum and bass; pop singer Stan Walker with an R&B style who rose to fame as the winner of Australian Idol in 2009; and the multi-talented Troy Kingi, who has made a name on NZ's roots scene as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and actor.


Listen to the Sampler here.


This years Waiata Māori Music Awards take place at Club Hastings in Hawkes Bay tomorrow night, Friday 14 September.  There are still some general admission tickets available - for more information and ticketing click here.  The finalists in this year’s awards include acclaimed New Zealand artists Rob Ruha, Ria Hall and Troy Kingi.

The awards ceremony will feature exclusive performances from a stellar line-up of local Māori artists including Maisey Rika, Hinewehi Mohi, Rob Ruha & The Witch Dr, House of Shem, Tomorrow People, L.A.B, Huia Hamon, Morse Gang, and Kaaterama.

The awards celebrate excellence in Māori music and acknowledge and honour Māori artists who continue to promote te reo and te ao Māori through the power of music.

The awards were established by the late composer, musician and teacher Tama Huata ONZM of Ngāti Kahungunu, a renowned leader and champion of the Māori Music and performing arts industry.They are now run by his daughter Ellison Huata.  “The calibre of the finalists in our 11th anniversary year is a great testament to the quality and diversity of Māori composers, musicians, and performers that we have in Aotearoa," she says.  "The Waiata Māori Music Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate both our traditional and contemporary Māori artists."

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