Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Reggae All Stars Remake Herbs Classic to Fight Child Abuse

The Reggae All
The Reggae All Stars

Friday May 24, 2013

Aotearoa Reggae All Stars Remake Herbs’ Classic Song to Fight Child Abuse

Some of New Zealand’s best reggae artists are joining forces to help fight child abuse as part of a music special that will be screened on Maori Television next month.

The stellar line-up includes Sons of Zion, Tomorrow People, Three Houses Down, House of Shem, Ria Hall, Majic Paora, Che Fu, Katchafire, 1814, Chad Chambers, NRG Rising and Tasty Brown, who are recording a remake of the Herbs' classic song, Sensitive to a Smile for charity.

The track will be showcased on Aotearoa Reggae All Stars, a Matariki music special that will screen on Maori Television at 9.30pm on Friday, June 21 – the same day the Sensitive to a Smile remake will be released on iTunes.

All proceeds from the single will go to Mana Ririki, a charitable organisation that advocates for Maori children and violence-free parenting that was set up in 2007 after the tragic death of Nia Glassie.

The Aotearoa Reggae All Stars project is the brainchild of Rio Panapa (Sons of Zion) and Avina Kelekolio (Tomorrow People), who wanted to highlight the issues around child abuse and bring their fellow reggae artists together to raise awareness.
Rio says the response has been amazing: “Everyone we approached has wanted to get on board and support the kaupapa.

“Times have changed where things that used to be tapu to talk about are gaining more awareness in society, and that is what we hope to achieve with this record - to raise awareness about violence towards children.”

Avina says he hopes the project will get through to all New Zealanders. “A lot of child abuse affects our people, Maori and Pasifika - and they are the biggest reggae fans so we thought we could try to make a positive change through our music.”

Rio Panapa and Avina Kelekolio

Mana Ririki executive director Anton Blank says the charity is thrilled to see the community taking action to prevent child abuse.

“It is our vision that within two generations Maori child abuse will be eliminated so that Maori children can enjoy a family life that is free from violence.

“We want to reach young Maori parents with our violence-free messages,” he says. “Aotearoa Reggae All Stars will take us into a new sphere of communications – popular music. And they will touch many Maori whanau with a message of hope.”

The Aotearoa Reggae All Stars television special, produced by Toa TV (CODE) for Maori Television, will also give viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the single and music video.

The hour-long musical extravaganza will feature interviews and other songs by the reggae artists as well as interviews with Mana Ririki ambassadors Awen and Natasha Guttenbeil.

Former Herbs member Dilworth Karaka will talk about the award-winning original song Sensitive to a Smile (NZ Music Awards Album of the Year, Best Video of the Year, Best Songwriter 1987).

Aotearoa Reggae All Stars premieres on Maori Television on Friday, June 21 at 9.30pm. The Sensitive to a Smile remake will be available on iTunes on the same day. All proceeds go to Mana Ririki.


Mana Ririki – backgrounder About_Mana_Ririki.pdf

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


University Of Canterbury: Henry VIII’s Divorce Lawyer’s Magna Carta On Display

The University of Canterbury is publicly displaying New Zealand’s oldest copy of the Magna Carta for the first time, just as a new connection it has with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn has been discovered. More>>

Arts Festival: An Evening With Richard Dawkins

In a special one-off, New Zealand event at the Michael Fowler Centre, Dawkins will reflect on his eminent career as a scientist, and expand on the themes of inspiration, influence and ideas in his recent memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news