Aotearoa

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  • View on NZ On Screen Aotearoa

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Electronic ; Music Video

    ""We are New Zealand - it's you and I" sings Minuit's Ruth Carr as images of everyday New Zealanders flash up on the screen. Directed by band member Paul Dodge, Minuit's video for 'Aotearoa' is a nostalgic trip through the archives — a celebration of NZ history starting with images of people and places, including Rangitoto, the Pink Terraces, Greytown's historic Revington's hotel through to Sir Edmund Hillary, Aunt Daisy and Ernest Rutherford, as well as national tragedies, protests and hikois — and even the six o'clock swill gets a look in." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Aotearoa

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Te Reo ; Music Video

    "Launched for 2014's Māori Language Week, the video for 'Aotearoa' is a showcase of Kiwi scenery and musical talent, led by main vocalist Stan Walker. 'Aotearoa' began when TV producer Mātai Smith, aware 1983’s 'Poi-E' was the last te reo song to hit number one, thought it might be nice to repeat the feat (in the end he had to settle for the number two spot). Stan Walker wrote the track with his Mt Zion co-star Troy Kingi and singers Vince Harder and Ria Hall. Hall calls the result “a song to celebrate our nation, our landscape, our uniqueness, our language and our people”." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Aotearoa Hip Hop Summit

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Māori ; Television

    "The Aotearoa Hip Hop Summit held in Auckland 2001, was the biggest hip hop event ever staged in New Zealand. This documentary showcases the hottest names in the four elements of NZ hip hop: break dancers, graf artists, MCs and DJs. Featuring international acts from Germany and Australia, with Ken Swift representing old skool break dancing from New York and Tha Liks from Los Angeles. Local acts include Che Fu, Te Kupu, King Kapisi, P Money and DJ Sir-Vere. Presenters are Hayden Hare and Trent Helmbright." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Aotearoa All Stars

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Some of the biggest names in NZ hip hop joined forces for a charity single encouraging wise decision-making in young Kiwis. 'Think Twice' was the brainchild of DJ Sir-Vere, who was concerned about increasing youth crime: "Some of the things happening seemed to be a result of poor judgement and it got me wondering how things might be different if people stopped to think twice about the consequences of their actions." Aotearoa All Stars included Awa (Nesian Mystik), Che Fu, Scribe, P-Money, Savage, PNC, Mareko, Cyphanetik, Delani, Flowz and TEK.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Think Twice

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Hip Hop ; Music Video

    "Rebecca Gin created a simple but effective black and white video for this charity single, aimed at encouraging young people to ‘Think Twice’ before committing a crime. The line-up of singers and rappers is indeed all-star, and their mass performance footage is intercut with relevant street scenes illustrating the theme. The cast of New Zealand hip-hop royalty features Che Fu, Scribe, P-Money, Savage and DJ Sir-Vere (who initiated the project)." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Behold My Kool Style

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Hip Hop ; Music Video

    "Directed by prolific music video maker and now feature film director Jonathan King, this clip won Best Video at the 1997 NZ Music Awards. The sepia-tinged print, colonial photo studio-styled art direction and details (tokotoko and Edwardian suits) are beautifully realised and make for an effective back-drop to the song’s political lyrics. DJ Sir-Vere: “an original Aotearoa classic”  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Tuwhare

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Arts/Culture ; Māori ; Short Film

    "In 2003 Toi Māori Aotearoa engaged Charlotte Yates to produce an album and stage performance celebrating the verse of poet Hone Tuwhare. Yates co-opted various musicians (including Dallas Tamaira from Fat Freddy's Drop, and the late Graham Brazier) to transform Tuwhare's poetry into lyrics, using a range of music from rock to dub. This short film by Lala Rolls was commissioned for the album launch; the material was also used in the live show. We see Tuwhare at home at Kaka Point and reciting his poetry against the songs, and glimpse his warmth, humour and literary verve." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Tha Feelstyle

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Samoan-born MC Feelstyle has long been lauded amongst Aotearoa's hip hop elite for his ability to craft music in both his native Samoan and English. The rapper earned a place in the history books, under the name RIQ, when he edged out Upper Hutt Posse to win the country's first ever MC battle in 1987. He's been in demand since, working closely with a list of Kiwi music's who's who and dominating the 2005 Pacific Music Awards with debut album Break It To Pieces.  " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Stan Walker

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "R&B singer and TV personality Stan Walker (Tūhoe/Ngāti Tūwharetoa) was born in Melbourne but raised in New Zealand. After moving back across the Tasman, he won Australian Idol in 2009 and launched a music career which has included a chart-topping album (From The Inside Out) and single (‘Black Box’), plus multiple NZ Music Awards. In 2013, Walker he helped judge the first series of X Factor NZ and made his film debut as star of box office hit Mt Zion  — playing a potato picker with dreams of supporting Bob Marley. 2014 saw the release of ensemble te reo single 'Aotearoa'." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Cool World

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Pop ; Music Video

    "The video for 'Cool World' melds a mood of paranoia — including flashes of recording equipment, and worried words about surveillance — with numerous images of a model in a silver halter top, dealing to a punching bag. The Samoan brothers Ioasa create a smoothly percussive sound, which echoes overseas bands like Roxy Music and The Blue Nile much more strongly than other music coming out of Aotearoa in this period (1995). The song is taken from Grace's only album Black Sand Shore, which writer Nick Bollinger later rated as one of New Zealand's 100 finest. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Recloose

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Matthew Chicoine aka Recloose was an accomplished DJ and producer in his native Detroit before he moved to Aotearoa in 2001. The fusion of a fresh, edge-of-the-planet perspective, with the dance music heritage of Motor City allowed him to forge new musical paths, from playing with Carl Craig's Interzone orchestra to collaborating with Joe (Fat Freddys Drop) Dukie. The stonking dance floor beats and sax jams of Recloose's renowned live shows were captured on 2008's Perfect Timing, which won Best Electronica/Dance album at the NZ Music Awards." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Homegrown Profiles: Dave Dobbyn

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Television

    "This episode of C4's music series Homegrown Profiles looks at the 30 year career of singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn, whose songs are mainstays of the Aotearoa soundscape. Dobbyn talks about nerve-wracking early days with th' Dudes, where the name for band DD Smash originated, and his long solo career. In a wide-ranging and thoughtful interview, Dobbyn discusses the highs and lows of a life in music, including the mayhem and causes of the 1984 Aotea Square riot, being told his best album was unreleasable, and the satisfaction of writing the Footrot Flats soundtrack." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Nambassa Festival

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Television

    "The three day Nambassa Festival, held on a Waihi farm in 1979, is the subject of this documentary. Attended by 60,000 people, it represented a high tide mark in Aotearoa for the Woodstock vision of a music festival as a counterculture celebration of music, crafts, alternative lifestyles and all things hippy. Performers include a frenzied Split Enz, The Plague (wearing paint), Limbs dancers, a yodelling John Hore-Grenell and prog rockers Schtung. The only downers are overzealous policing, and weather which discourages too much communing with nature after the first day." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Rhombus

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Formed by producers Simon Rycroft, Imon Star and Thomas Voyce, Wellington act Rhombus billed itself as “Aotearoa's premier dub & bass electronic soul, funk, hip-hop band”. Their 2002 debut album Bass Player featured guest MCs and vocalists including  Tiki Taane and Raashi Malik, and tracks produced while Voyce was based in Japan. They also won fans with 'Clav Dub', a music video which paid homage to classic movie Goodbye Pork Pie. Two more Rhombus albums have followed, plus a collection of remixes." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Dam Native

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Their website lists them as the "pioneers of horrified hip hop" - and trailblazers they were when they released their first album under the name Native Bass in 1992 at a time when hip hop was practically unheard of in Aotearoa. Later renamed as Dam Native, Danny Haimona and Bennett Pomana, were credited with raising awareness of Māori issues through their music. The duo's first album, Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted, has been acclaimed as the best hip hop album made on Kiwi soil." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Opensouls

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "Opensouls - a collective of self-confessed vinyl addicts - banded together in 2001 out of passion for Aotearoa soul. Consisting of vocalists Tyra Hammond and MC Bjorn, as well as a seven-piece band, the group's first single 'In Your Hands' wowed critics here and abroad and was described by UK music magazine Straight No Chaser as a "low-down, grinding funk burner". They continued to impress with 2006 debut album, Kaleidoscope, featuring the award-winning single 'What Do You Do?' " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Blerta Revisited

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Arts/Culture ; Film

    "If a single word could sum up the free-wheeling flavour of alternative music and comedy in Aotearoa during the 1970s, that word would surely be ... Blerta. The 'Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition' included foundation members of the NZ screen industry (Lawrence, Geoff Murphy, Alun Bollinger) plus other merry pranksters. Drawing on the Blerta TV series and beyond, Blerta Revisited  (aka Blerta - The Return Trip) is an anarchic collection of comedy skits, musical interludes and films culled from the Blerta archives. Costa Botes writes about Blerta here. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen The Hot Grits

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "The Afro-soul-meets-Aotearoa roots and energy of The Hot Grits sound is summed up by this question on the collective's website: "What do you get when you fix a pound of Fela Kuti's Afrika 70, two cupfuls of The Meters, 250g of thinly sliced early James Brown and a level dessert spoon of psychedelic rock?" The 11-piece outfit has the kudos of having their first music video, Headlights, banned by state broadcaster TVNZ for showing toddlers simulating an adult night on the town." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Ladi6

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music Video

    "There is "something about her voice and something about the way she carries herself that is so beautiful". So wrote Real Groove of Aotearoa's queen of soul-infused hip hop. Ladi6 (aka Karoline Tamati) started her MC/vocalist journey as part of all-girl group Sheelahroc. Her voice shone in collaborations with NZ hip hop nobility, before debut solo album Time Is Not Much in 2008. Taite Prize-winner The Liberation Of... saw Ladi6 named Best Female Artist at the 2011 NZ Music Awards, and taking away her second gong for Best Urban/Hip Hop Album. Third album Automatic made it into a number of 'best of 2013' lists. " (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Blerta

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "If a single word could sum up the free-wheeling flavour of alternative music and comedy in Aotearoa during the 1970s, that word would surely be ... Blerta. (The song would be ‘Dance All around the World’.) The 'Bruno Lawrence Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition' encompassed foundation members of the NZ film and TV industry (Lawrence, Geoff Murphy, Alun Bollinger, Martyn Sanderson) and many other merry pranksters and hippy freaks. They toured the country in the early 70s in an iconic graffiti-covered bus, ending with a 1975 tour and 1976 TV series." (NZ On Screen summary)

 

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