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Pacific talent celebrated at Vodafone Pacific Music Awards

24 May

Ladi 6, Noah Slee, Tomorrow People and General Fiyah among 2018 recipients

Past winners and rising stars were recognised at tonight’s Vodafone Pacific Music Awards at the Vodafone Event Centre in Manukau, Auckland.

Punialava’a were announced as the 2018 Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and were acknowledged for their widespread influence and significant contribution to Samoan music and culture.
A highlight of the night was their performance of a stunning medley of career-defining hits. The celebrations continue for the group on 9 June, when they celebrate 50 years of Punialava’a music.

Ladi6 was one of the big winners taking home three awards including Best Pacific Female Artist and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album Tui. Ladi’s producers Parks, Brandan Haruand Julien Dyne took out SIT/MAINZ Best Producer for their work on Royal Blue 3000 EP.

Taking New Zealand by storm in late 2017 was ‘Here To Stay’ by 12-year-old General Fiyah. Tonight the track earned him the APRA Best Pacific Song and helped propel him to the highly coveted Vodafone People’s Choice Award. Samson Rambo was also celebrated for his work on the ‘Here To Stay’ video, receiving the NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video.

Berlin-based musician Noah Slee picked up two awards for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist and Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Urban Artist, while local reggae groupTomorrow People were acknowledged as the Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Group, as well as Sunpix Best Pacific Language for their songs ‘Lock Me Up’ and ‘Sa’ili Le Alofa’.

Californian Tenelle was recognised for her work on For The Lovers album with the Flava Best International Pacific Artist, while the EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth received the Auckland Council Best Pacific Gospel Artist.

The inaugural NZ On Air Streaming Award was presented to Kings for his song ‘We’ll Never Know’, while Brooke Fraser received the NZ On Air Radio Airplay for her song ‘Therapy’.

The Special Recognition Award was presented to the Otara Music & Arts Centre (OMAC) for outstanding achievement and service to the community. OMAC has become the cornerstone of the South Auckland community and its influence on artists from its local community, wider New Zealand and around the world, is immeasurable. This award and all the praise is well deserving, especially after 30 years of operation.

Samoan rapper Poetik received the Phillip Fuemana Award for most promising Pacific artist. Through his music he aims to buildup the Polynesian hiphop scene, by influencing the old Pacific Island traditions of love, respect and unity.

Chairman and spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says: “The Vodafone Pacific Music Awards Fakavikiviki congratulates the outstanding Musika Pasifika achievements of excellence from such a diverse and rich musical expressions from traditional language to cultural contemporary, choral to gospel, hip hop to pop, and critical social commentary to new experimental this bodes well for the wider New Zealand music scene.

“Rev. Iosefa Lale Peteru and Mrs Vini Peteru, the parent pioneers of Punialava’a, have humbly shared their musical passion of faith, songs of hope and a love of Samoa. Their legacy continues with their children and grandchildren, and they are all honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Otara Music & Arts Centre OMAC, we cannot under estimate the historical musical contribution of this Taonga which would give the New Zealand Music scene our historical contribution of the South Auckland sound that is recognised globally today.”

Images from the awards can be found here following the event:

2018 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards Winners:

Best Pacific Female Artist Award:
WINNER: Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP
• La Coco – Love & Other Things Part II
• Razé – 4Seasons

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist Award:
WINNER: Noah Slee Otherland
• General Fiyah – ‘Here To Stay’
• Kings – Chapter One

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Urban Artist Award:
WINNER: Noah Slee – Otherland
• 9-5ers – Close To Home
• SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Group Award:
WINNER: Tomorrow People – ‘Lock Me Up’
• Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas
• Three Houses Down – ‘Smile’

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video Award:
WINNER: Samson Rambo – ‘Here To Stay’ (General Fiyah)
• Noah Slee & Si Jay Gould – ‘Radar’ (Noah Slee)
• Olivia Foa’i – ‘Lakalaka’ (Te Vaka)

APRA Best Pacific Song Award:
WINNER: General Fiyah – ‘Here To Stay’ (Written by: Charlie Pome'e & Nicholas Pome'e)
• Tomorrow People – ‘Sa’ili Le Alofa’ (Written by Kenape Saupese, Naomi Alatipi, Honiara Salanoa, Helen Tupai, Avina Kelekolio, Daniel Sugrue, Tana Tupai)
• Te Vaka – ‘Lakalaka’ (Written by Opetaia Foa'i/Matatia Foa'i)

SunPix Best Pacific Language Award:
WINNER: Tomorrow People – ‘Sa’ili Le Alofa’
• EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth Fa'afetai Le Atua
• Te Vaka – ‘Lakalaka’

Auckland Council Best Pacific Gospel Artist Award:
WINNER: EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
• TJ Taotua – 'Special Place'
• Niue Youth Network – NYN Niue Gospel Album

Flava Best International Pacific Artist Award:
WINNER: Tenelle – For the Lovers
• Junior Maile – 'When I'm Gone'/'Golden Touch'
• Sam Kiles – ‘Delay’

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album Award:
WINNER: Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP
• EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
• Noah Slee Otherland
• Sol3 MioA Very Merry Christmas
• SWIDTStoneyhunga

SIT/MAINZ Best Producer Award:
WINNER: Parks, Brandan Haru & Julien Dyne Royal Blue 3000 EP (Ladi 6)
• Anonymouz – The Undisciplined Son EP (Tha Movement)
• Kings – Chapter One (Kings)

Vodafone People’s Choice Award:
WINNER: General Fiyah

NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award
WINNER: Brooke Fraser – ‘Therapy’

NZ On Air Streaming Award
WINNER: Kings – ‘We’ll Never Know’

Phillip Fuemana Award – Most Promising Pacific Artist:
WINNER: Poetik

Special Recognition Award – Outstanding Achievement:
WINNER: Otara Music & Arts Centre (OMAC)

Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: Punialava’a

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