Pacific Music Awards Winners Announced
Auckland brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupa’i, otherwise known as R&B/Soul group Adeaze, have taken three of the four awards they were nominated for at the Pacific Music Awards in Manukau tonight (May 31).
The duo’s self-released 2011 album ‘Rise And Shine’ earned them the accolades of Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist, Radio 531PI Best Pacific Group and APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Paradise’.
The only other artist to take home more than one award was Kas Futialo whose album ‘Good Morning Samoa’ got the nod for Tangata Pasifika Best Pacific Language Award and the Tui for Best Pacific Music Album, depriving Adeaze of a clean sweep.
Hip-Hop heavy-weight David Dallas won his first PMA with the NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist for his 2011 album ‘The Rose Tint’.
In the night’s other big solo award, the velvety voice of Wellington-based music veteran Bella Kalolo saw her take home the Nautilus Foundation Best Pacific Female Artist award for her 2011 album ‘Without The Paper’. It was Kalolo’s first win after three successive nominations for Best Pacific Female Artist.
Other winners on Pacific music’s biggest night were:
- Best Pacific Gospel Album – Mutalau Ululauta Matahefonua Trust Choir for ‘‘LologoTapuTokiofa Mutalau – Niue Taofi Lologo 5’
- NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award – Brooke Fraser for ‘Betty’
- Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award – The Keil Isles
- Phillip Fuemana Award, Most Promising Artist – GiantKilla
- Auckland Council People’s Choice Award - Ria
Pacific Music Awards Trust chairperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says The Pacific Music Awards are a celebration of Pacific music and culture.
“Like the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, this year’s awards show the diversity of nations that all contribute to our Pacific Music awareness. They continue that navigational pioneering tradition of breaking new seas, new grounds firmly connected with our people our nations."
“Artists from our various Pacific nations were celebrated at the awards and the music fans who attended tonight were treated to an amazing showcase of Hip-Hop, Soul, R&B and Pacific language music too.”
“We proudly honour the achievements and excellence of our Pacific music artists and acknowledge their significant contribution to the New Zealand music industry and their Pacific communities.”
Recording Industry Association of New Zealand managing director Chris Caddick says the Pacific Music Awards continue to go from strength to strength.
“This is the eighth year the industry has gathered to recognise excellence within our Pacific community. It’s immensely satisfying to see the continued development and emergence of talent that comes through each year. The diversity in musical styles and performance is as diverse as the Pacific community itself.”
“Thank you to all of the nominees and winners for being such fantastic ambassadors for New Zealand and Pacific music.”
Tonight the audience was treated to dynamic live performances by both established and rising Pacific music stars including Adeaze, David Dallas, Kas Futialo, 2PouzFynist and MzJ.
A special collaborative performance led by Malcolm Lakatani also paid tribute to the 2012 Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award winners the Keil Isles.
The eighth annual Pacific Music Awards were announced at Manukau City’s TelstraClear Pacific Centre to celebrate Pacific music and artists, promoting excellence in Pacific music and encourage young Pacific musicians to aim high.