TE AWANUI REEDER | NgatiRaukawa, Ngai Te Rangi, NgaPotiki, NgatiWhakaue | Silver Scroll Winner | Maioha Award Winner | APRA Member since 2001
Awa is also the only artist to win both an APRA Silver Scroll and an APRA Maioha award. He enjoyed incredible success with his band, NesianMystik– formed in 1999 with a group of schoolmates and named for the rich diversity of their ancestries (Māori, Cook Island, Tongan, Samoan and Palagi).
Nesian Mystik achieved multi-platinum sales with their debut album ‘Polyunsaturated’ and generated a record-breaking total of 11 Top 10 singles over the course of their career. Awa’s 2011 solo debut ‘Native Intel’ also hit the Top 40 - a particularly significant milestone given that it was written in Te Reo Māori and English – and won him Best Māori Songwriter, Best Song and Best Māori male artist at the Waiata Māori Music Awards.