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On Foreign Soil: Vera Ellen At SXSW 2024

2024 had already been a big year for Vera Ellen, even before she was invited last minute to perform at the Austin, Texas, South By Southwest Festival in March. Vera generously provided NZM with this summary ...

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2024 APRA Best Jazz Composition Award Entries Open

Entries for the 2024 APRA Best Jazz Composition Award are open for two weeks. The $1000 cash prize award will be presented at a private event in Te Whanganui-a-Tara this October. Previous winners include Lauren Ellis, Lucien Johnson, Jake Baxendale, and Louisa Williamson. Entries close July 26.  More information and how to apply here.

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2024 Pacific Music Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2024 Pacific Music Awards, the 20th anniversary of the annual Pasifika artist celebration, have been announced. Fittingly for the 20th milestone celebrations, this year saw the highest number of entries in the awards' history, resulting in 27 finalists across 13 award categories. Leading the way among this year's finalists Shepherds Reign are nominated across six categories, Aaradhna is a finalist in five including as self-producer, and Diggy Dupé is a finalist in four categories. The ...

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2024 Silver Scroll Award Lists Announced

APRA AMCOS NZ have announced the top 20 songs nominated for the 2024 Silver Scroll Award Kaitito Kaiaka and the top 5 waiata nominated for the APRA Maioha Award. The winners will be announced at the Silver Scroll Awards ceremony on October 8 at the St James Theatre in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. The Silver Scroll top 20 list was decided by a panel of APRA members who are also well-respected songwriters, producers, and performers: Amelia Berry (Amamelia), Bailey Wiley, Godfrey de Grut, James Coyle, Justyn ...

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Holly Arrowsmith And Mel Parsons Are 2024’s Best In Country

At the Country Music Honours event held in Gore on May 23, Te Waipounamu songwriter Holly Arrowsmith and Mel Parsons won the two big awards for Best Country Music in Aotearoa. Arrowsmith was announced as the winner of the 2024 APRA Best Country Music Song for her song Desert Dove, and Parsons took home the 2024 MLT Songwriting Award for her yet-to-be-released song Hardest Thing. 

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Interviews

Mayjun: Genre Denialists

Tāmaki Makaurau-Polynesian pop-rock act Mayjun are In Denial, or at least that's the name of their new single, the follow-up to their debut track Jealous. Kat Parsons chatted with vocalist Jeremiah Fale (Hales) about the new track which denies genre barriers to encourage representation and collaboration. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. "I think we set out to do something that isn't normally done by people that look like us," says Jeremiah Fale. "When you think of Polynesians you think ...

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Marlin’s Dreaming: Oddly Familiar

Following a successful Australian tour in 2023, Ōtepoti-born-and-bred indie stalwarts Marlin's Dreaming have been back in the studio working up a fresh sound and direction for their forthcoming album ‘Hirl’, an onomatopoeia word for wind. Introductory single Hello My Dear is a raw and intimate story of a stagnant artist in an ever-changing world, as Jasper West reveals. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. Headed by vocalist Semisi Maiai, Marlin's Dreaming also includes, De Stevens on ...

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Mazbou Q: Science In His Bag

We mostly know him as a solo and collaborative hip hop artist – which is to say the artist Mazbou Q and/or the artist previously known as Unchained XL. For some however those names may have stronger connotations with social justice movements, like his own push to support local African musicians or more recently the Aotearoan response to the global Black Lives Matter movement. Richard Thorne talked with the artist/educator these days much better known globally as The Rap Scientist. Actively present ...

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Katie Thompson: Seeing Herself

Ōtautahi artist Katie Thompson has made a name for herself as an alt country singer-songwriter. Her latest single, I See You, sees her branching out into the alt pop realm, while still containing traces of country as well as rock. With this song, Thompson declares to the world that she no longer cares what people think of her, as Nur Lajunen-Tal finds out. Made with support from NZ On Air Music. Katie Thompson last spoke to NZM in 2019 about her third album, ‘Bittersweet,’ which had her ...

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Skilaa: A Tiger By The Tale

Skilaa's distinctive sound is a decidedly quirky jazz-RnB-folk hybrid, but like all innovators, the Tāmaki Makaurau band aren't afraid to explore new territory. Four years on from debut EP 'Fantasy Life', Skilaa release 'Tiger In The River', their first full album, this winter. While staying close to their roots the album sees them experimenting with new styles, most notably hip hop as Nur Lajunen-Tal reveals. Tiger In The River by SKILAA With most members already knowing each other from the University ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Madeline

Now London-based, former resident of Sumner, the beach and sea plays large in Madeline Berry's life and is the focus of the frolicking video for her new single Still That Girl. The song itself is a kind of open letter to a former love that dwells not on the negative but rather on the fun times shared, working to remind listeners of happy times in their own romantic past. It's featured on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation this June.  What's your name, where are you from and what instruments ...

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NewTracks New Artist: Rowdy’s Rose

In a reversal of the norm, Rowdy's Rose 's Blair and Rosie Shaw have been husband and wife for several years longer than they have been bandmates, and are now unabashedly training up a new generation to join them on stage. Living in rural Waikato country music is their thang, but they're busy making sure their enterprise spreads a lot further, like Pennsylvania USA for instance. Shooting Star is featured on NZ On Air Music's NewTracks compilation this June. What are your names and pronouns, ...

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Event Guide

Super Saturday Coming In October: Eden Fest 2024

While initial plans were to run Eden Fest 2024 over two days, fan feedback has convinced organisers to combine the afrobeats, RnB, reggae and hip hop event into a 'Super Saturday' - with over 30 acts performing on the same day at Trusts Arena in Tāmaki Makaurau on October 12. Tickets Available Here An online survey with several thousand fans voting showed three quarters were in favour of combining all the acts into the one day. The move will offer Eden Fest 2024 festival goers amazing value with ...

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Photo Galleries

Photo Gallery: Mansfield In Her Own Words, New Plymouth, 2024

Charlotte Yates took a star-studded cast to New Plymouth's Winterfest for a live performance of 'Mansfield In Her Own Words', celebrating once more the legacy of Katherine Mansfield by performing her poems to contemporary music. Trevor Villers was there to take photos. Mansfield by Various

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Photo Gallery: The Wine Cellar 20th Anniversary, June 2024

Trevor Villers took some great photos at one of the gigs celebrating Tāmaki Makaurau venue The Wine Cellar's 20th anniversary on June 1.  Did you head along? Who was your favourite act?

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