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Che Fu Sings His Way To Five In Tuis

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May 11, 2002

Che Fu and Salmonella Dub have scooped the Tuis at the 2002 New Zealand Music Awards held at Auckland’s Saint James Theatre.

New Zealand’s undisputed king of R & B Che Fu received the coveted album of the year award for Navigator while the track Fade Away earned him the titles of single of the year and best music video.

Che Fu also triumphed in the newly-established R & B Hip Hop category and took out the coveted honour of top male vocalist.

Eclectic ensemble Salmonella Dub took the honours for top group, international achievement and top engineer for their album Inside the Dub Plates.

The endearing and silky sounds of Anika Moa earned her the title of top female vocalist for the album Thinking Room and her abilities with a different keyboard helped her tap out songwriter of the year for the track Youthful.

The New Zealand Music Awards, presented by the Recording Industry of New Zealand in association with Coke handed out 24 awards at this year’s ceremony.

Other top winners were Goodshirt, recognised as top new act for the album Good, which also took best album cover, and the long-time player Greg Johnson whose The Best Yet album took the Tui for compilation of the year.

The Topp twins continue to receive the accolades with the top country prize, while C L Bob, Jack Body, Bob McNeill and The Lads took home respective awards for Jazz, Classical, Folk and Gospel.

Maori artists received tohu in two categories this year – The Mana Reo award went to Ruia and Ranea for their Waiata of Bob Marley, and the Rangiatea Concert party took home the Tui for Mana Maori.

Children’s tastes were accounted for during the awards with Fatcat and Fishface’s Dog Breath earning the respect of the judges in the children’s music category.

Sola Rosa took out the debut Electronica title for the Solarised album and previous recipients Stellar* stayed on winning form, teaming up with Tom Bailey to win top producer for Magic Line.

With radio airtime a major factor in the judging of New Zealand’s top musical honours, Brad King took home the well-earned title of radio programmer of the year for his work on The Rock Network.


Single of the year Che Fu Fade Away
Album of the year Che Fu Navigator
Top male vocalist Che Fu Navigator
Top female vocalist Anika Moa Thinking Room
Top group Salmonella Dub Inside the Dub Plates
Achievement Salmonella Dub Inside the Dub Plates
Top new act Goodshirt Good
Compilation Greg Johnson The Best Yet
Top Producer Tom Bailey and Stellar* Magic Line
Top Engineer Dave Wernham,
Tiki Taane & Paddy Free Inside the Dub Plates
Songwriter of the year Anika Moa Youthful
Best Cover Design Kelvin Soh Good
Country Topp Twins Grass Highway
Jazz C L Bob Stereoscope
Best Music Video Che Fu Fade Away
Classical Jack Body Pulse
Gospel The Lads Marvel
Folk Bob McNeill Covenant
Childrens Fatcat & Fishface Dog Breath
Radio programmer Brad King The Rock Network
of the year
Mana Reo Ruia and Ranea Waiata of Bob Marley
Mana Maori Rangiatea Concert Party Rangiatea
R & B and Best Hip
Hop Che Fu Navigator
Electronica Sola Rosa Solarised


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