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Submit For 2020 Play It Strange Competitions

Attention, secondary students! You can now submit for two of the 2020 Play It Strange songwriting competitions! The Youthtown Songwriting Competition is for school students, years 9 to 13, in the West and South Auckland region. Make sure you read the terms and conditions before you submit. The deadline is May 8. Enter here. For the Peace Song Competition, the theme of peace and non-violence may be interpreted broadly, from inner personal peace, peace in the home and among families, to peace between ...

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News

Kiwi-French Folk Legend Graeme Allwright Has Died At Age 93

Musician Graeme Allwright passed away aged 93 in Seine-et-Marne in France on February 16, French newspaper Le Monde reports.  Who knew that it was a Kiwi from Wellington who introduced the French to folky protest songs in the 60s/70s through translated versions of songs by Leonard Cohen, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger? Paix à son âme, Graeme! A podcast about Graeme by Sam Coley. Graeme's story on Audioculture.

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Te Māngai Pāho Māori Music Strategy Consultations Underway

While RNZ finds itself in the middle of a bunfight over the future of Concert FM, Te Māngai Pāho has begun consultation on the development of its National Māori Music Strategy. A series of nine hui are taking place across the country, having kicked off in New Plymouth on January 29. Te Māngai Pāho Head of Content, Te Anga Nathan and Music Co-ordinator, Nadia Marsh will visit most of the sites in the North Island and two in the South Island. “We want to reshape our funding of te reo Māori ...

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Welcoming Local Podcast Manawa With Junelle

NZM welcomes local podcast Manawa with Junelle to our list of contributors. Junelle Groves is a wonderful singer currently backing the likes of Teeks. She probably knows more about the back end of the industry than many people ever will, and each month she invites a local musician or industry figure in for a korero about their craft.  Junelle's past podcasts include rapper Melodownz, four-time Grammy award-nominated sound engineer Lance Powell, Steph Brown of Lips, and many more. Give her a ...

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Observation Posts

Hugh Ozumba: From Unchained XL To Mazbou Q

Changing your stage name is a risky business, especially after having spent years building a brand from a marketing perspective. Timed with the mid-Feb release of his powerful new single To The Gates, live favourite Afro hip hop artist Unchained XL announced his decision to drop that established moniker in favour of a shiny new one, Mazbou Q. In a statement on social media explaining the change, Hugh Ozumba points out that the new name was encoded from his birth name, but enigmatically leaves ...

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Observation Posts

Mathew Bosher: The Album Is Dead, Long Live The Album!

The Album Is Dead, Long Live The Album! In roughly one year, we created a new band [Domes], wrote around 50 song ideas and then recorded six tracks on a 1939 lightship moored on the River Thames – 18,000 kilometres from home. A dream come true, through intense creative effort, financial discipline and the incredible support of our families. The decision to release each song individually, rather than as a collective, is an experiment. We're testing the hypothesis that a "big bang" release of ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: Amber Carly Williams

Amber Carly Williams started down her music path at only eight years old, when she picked up an acoustic guitar. Over the decade since she has added voice, electric guitar and keyboards, and with the help of teacher Marley Sola, has now progressed to the release of her energetic first single, the beautifully sung Lights Down Low, which was picked up by NZ On Air Music for their NewTracks compilation in February.  What's your full name, where are you from and what instruments do you play? My ...

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Interviews

Robinson: Watch Her Go

Hailing originally from Greymouth, she moved across the pond to Sydney and Brisbane during her childhood, then returned to grow up in Nelson. Pop artist Anna Robinson, by now better known as Robinson, has the travel bug built-in. 2018 single Nothing To Regret propelled her to international artist status and 2019 saw her living in London. The pending release of her debut EP ‘Watching You’ brought Robinson back home for February, and Anzel Singh caught up with her to talk about travel as a character ...

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Interviews

Mousey: While the Cat’s Away

How many artists can you think of whose first single made it right into the Silver Scroll Top 20? Here’s one! Until the release of her single Extreme Highs as Mousey in June this year, the biggest claim to fame for Sarena Close was quite likely working as backing singer on Tami Neilson’s ‘Sassafrass’. Following up a string of indie radio-friendly singles, her debut album ‘Lemon Law’ showcases her big voice and varied, quality songwriting somewhere between indie pop, neo soul and folk. ...

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Troy Kingi: Triumphs Of Diversity

Troy Kingi is systematically establishing himself as a national treasure. Over the last few years, the Kerikeri resident singer/songwriter has risen in prominence thanks to some creative recordings, a 10/10/10 (10 albums across 10 genres in 10 years) release mandate, and a very likeable persona that has kept him grounded as both a family man and musician. Sam Smith caught up with him just ahead of the 2019 NZ Music Awards, where he was in the running for two awards. Holy Colony Burning Acres by ...

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NewTracks New Artist

NewTracks New Artist: No Cigar

Auckland five-piece No Cigar consists of Willy Ferrier on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sam Benson on bass and keyboard, Josh Morrice on lead guitar, Ned Gow on drums and James Mitchell on saxophone. The "pychediscofunkilicious" band released their debut single Tickets To Space very late in 2019. Instead of a summery floundering, the song was picked up by NZ On Air for their NewTracks compilation this February. We asked Josh to answer a few questions to find out more about No Cigar. What high school ...

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Photo Galleries

Uptown Sounds, Auckland, Basque Park, February 15, 2020

Trevor Villers' photos from Uptown Sounds at Basque Park show some our finest local talent on stage, namely Pluto, Ed Waaka, Sojourn, The BackChat and everybody's favourite, Suzy Cato.

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Sandy Mill, Beachware & Investigator, Auckland, February 8, 2020

On February 8, Sandy Mill, Beachware and Investigator performed at Auckland's Potters Park as part of Music in Parks 2020. Photos by Trevor Villers.

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Midge Marsden, Kendall Elise and The Solomon Cole Band, Music In Parks Auckland

"Came home very happy," is how photographer Trevor Villers ended his email containing photos of the blues-themed Music In Parks in Blockhouse Bay on February 7, 2020. On stage were Midge Marsden, Kendall Elise and The Solomon Cole Band, but it was Midge and band in particular that Trevor says was in "top form. Great interaction with the audience who had come out to party."

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