Melodownz wins big at Pacific Music Awards

Avondale-born artist, Melodownz took out three awards at last month’s annual Pacific Music Awards in Manukau, New Zealand: Best Pacific Male Artist, Best Pacific Music Video, and Best Pacific Music Album Award

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Where do I go to tell my story?

“There’s a nation of men who were abused as little boys, who are walking around and are hurting,” says Letitia Shelton.  Shelton is the author of Disruptive Voices of Pacific Men, an idea birthed during

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Yoyo Tuki: Proud cultural ambassador of Rapa Nui

Easter Island or Rapa Nui—which lies 3700km from Chile to the east and 4000 from Tahiti to the west—is famous for its ancestral sculptors who created the ancient colossal Moai stone statues. Their progeny, Jorge

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Maimarosia inspires youth through indigenous Solomons music

Western influences can at times corrupt and dilute traditional Pacific indigenous music, but one Melbourne-based, Solomon Islands musician is reversing this trend.  Charles Maimarosia headlined the Wantok Music

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Rob Ruha champions Te Reo Maori in his songs

“It’s really cool” was Maori musician, Rob Ruha’s reaction to recently topping the Pacific charts with his song Taera.  “I’m a little bit overwhelmed being number one on the Pacific charts,” says

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Sprigga Mek soars with conscious rap

Conscious songwriter, indigenous activist, Pacific hip-hop artist, Sprigga Mek (Allan Aufamau), recently saw his work reach a global audience when his music video ‘Dodge the Bullet’ featured at the Mother Tongue

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Honouring the water: Vanuatu’s water drummers

In the land where there are hundreds of indigenous languages, one stands out, the unique language of women’s water drumming, or Ëtëtung.  Sandy Sur, manager of the Leweton Culture Village & Magical Water

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DMP puts Solomon Islands music on the map

Island Reggae, ragga and dancehall band DMP (Doorman’s Project) is preparing to tour the United States for the first time, after a year that has seen it release a new album and receive international recognition. 

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Deeper Sounds, Deeper Connections

Deeper Sounds, Deeper Connections is a Pacific-Australian project which shares the unique music of the Pacific with the world. Working with groups of musicians across the region, it captures traditional instruments,

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Ngaire Fuata: from chart topping singer to filmmaker

“When I started doing music here in New Zealand 32 years ago, it was a pretty lonely place for a young Pacific Island woman,” says Pacific creative powerhouse, Ngaire Fuata. But the New Zealander persevered and has

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Sweet message in the music

South Auckland reggae artist, Sweet and Irie’s song Ban the Burn may be some 15 years old, but its message is as powerful and important today. Ban the Burn, which warns against meth use, was first recorded in 2006,

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Fiji, PNG writers shortlisted for short story prize

Fijian and Papua New Guinean writers have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Mary Rokodravu, who won the 2015 Pacific prize, has been shortlisted for her work ‘The

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