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Nesian 101

Posted in Music Video, People by hollywoodhula on July 17, 2008

Nesian Mystik breaks it down

Nesian Mystik’s new single breaks down urban Aotearoa Polynesian culture for its growing global audience.

Rapper Sabre, aka Feleti Strickson-Pua, tells Spasifik Magazine that when traveling overseas they found fans didn’t know much about the band’s culture, “so it’s going back to the basics of who we are.”

Lyrics celebrate their Auckland roots in Samoan, Tongan, Aitutaki (Cook Islands) and Maori cultures, where you can “spot the Polys from a mile away” in their white-on-white sneeks, aloha shirts, socks with jandals and “that greenstone around your neck”.

Luke Sharp is the video director. “We asked him for a video that was alive, bright and vibrant … that people watching and listening could relate to,” says Sabre. “For example, palagis might not understand some of our lyrics talking about island food,” in their paean to fried corned beef, two minute noodles, one-dollar chips and a free cuppa tea.

Nesian 101 is the first single from their forthcoming album Elevator Musiq due out soon.

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Pacific Music Awards

Posted in Events, Music Video, People by hollywoodhula on June 13, 2008

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Tuis to Scribe & Te Vaka

Pan-Pacific musicians Te Vaka and Samoan-kiwi rapper Scribe dominate Aotearoa’s 2008 Pacific Music Awards.

Scribe takes the Tui for Best Song and Best Male Artist with Say it Again from his new album Rhymebook.

11-piece Te Vaka won Best Group and Best Album for Olatia.

“Pacific music has been a trailblazer for race relations, social responsibility and expressing human joy in Aotearoa and the Pacific region,” says Pacific Music Awards Chair Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua.

Scribe: Say it Again

Scribe’s Say it Again music video showcases his cousin, R&B diva Tyra Hammond, in a retro tribute to kiwi 60s pop. The open features New Zealand TV icon Peter Sinclair from the classic music show C’mon.

Say it Again is produced by Auckland’s Zoomslide and directed by prolific kiwi music video maker Adam Jones.

Brown Pages

Posted in Arts by hollywoodhula on June 10, 2008

Brown Pages

Check out the Brown Pages directory of indigenous media, arts and culture for actors, publishers, artists, filmmakers, TV producers and musicians.

The latest directory is out now, with contact info for Maori, Pacific and other indigenous talent in Aotearoa, the Pacific, Australia, Canada and America.

What began as a directory book in 1993 has become a regularly updated online database, accessible 24/7 and promoted worldwide.

Subscribers will have to pay from July 08 onwards, but listings are free. Web subscribers get a complimentary hard copy.

The Brown Pages is produced out of Aotearoa by Kara Paewai, Melissa Wikaire, Iulia Leilua and Sandra Kailahi.

World Indigenous TV Conference

Posted in Events by hollywoodhula on March 24, 2008

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Maori TV’s Julian Wilcox pitches WITBC

Maori Television hosts the first gathering of global indigenous TV executives in Aotearoa 26–28 March 2008. The World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference (WITBC) kicks off in Auckland with three days of presentations by broadcasters from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Taiwan, United States, Australia, Wales, and Aotearoa.

WITBC ’08 inaugurates an international association of indigenous TV broadcasters and presents its first lifetime achievement award.

Maori TV launches its new Maori language channel, Te Reo, to coincide with the event.

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NZ: Pacific representation ‘misses out’ at indigenous media conference
26 Mar 08

Just two Pacific Islands will be represented at the opening today of the world’s first indigenous television network conference.

Fiji and Hawaii are the only delegates from 22 Pacific Island states and territories at WIBTC 08 …

Registration costs at the conference are around NZ$1600, raising barriers to Pacific Islanders already facing high airfares from remote communities.”

Jason Brown for Pacific Media Watch at Pacific Media Centre