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Temple - Emma Paki - this Fri April 11th

Emma Paki - this Fri April 11th

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Emma Paki Friday April 11th 9pm $10

Her songwriting is disarming with both its melodic sense and its wide eyed lack of guile." NZ Herald

After a number of years away from regular live performance songstress Emma Paki is back performing and is currently working on a recording project as well.

Her single "System Virtue" cleaned up at the '93 NZ Music Awards winning Best Songwriter, Most Promising Female Vocalist and Best Video. Her much anticipated 1996 debut album, 'Oxygen Of Love', reached gold status in New Zealand and provided the hit singles, "System Virtue", "Paradise", and "Greenstone", which was produced by former Split Enz and Crowded House member, Neil Finn. Her single "Greenstone" charted to #5 on the NZ charts and won her a nomination for Best Female Vocalist in the '94 awards.

Emma Paki grew up in the Ngati Awa tribal district of Whakatane. At the tender age of 8 she started singing, playing the guitar and studying piano. Her songwriting is an honest extension of her life experiences. Their poignant lyrics reflect her personal views of society, politics, love and kotahitanga (unity) and fulfills her dream of a performance and recording career in music.

"Oxygen of Love" is remarkable. Paki has made perhaps one of the most beautiful albums yet produced in this country yet. She is a very special talent." Metro "Quite simply the most beautiful album I've ever clapped ears on. These songs are bittersweet and fragile enough to shatter at a touch. She could sing extracts from the Road Code and it'd send tremors through your soul." Waikato Times

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