Thursday, 29 Mar 2018

Newcomers and past winners announced as finalists for 2018 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards

Last night the finalists for the 2018 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards were announced at the Otara Music Arts Centre, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

New Zealand-born, Berlin-based neo-soul singer Noah Slee leads the 25 finalists who are set to be honoured at the Pacific Music Awards ceremony on 24 May at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland.

Noah is up for four awards off the back of his debut album Otherland including Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Urban Artist, NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video (along with Si Jay Gould) for his single ‘Radar’, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album – which is an official Tui.

Onehunga hip hop crew SWIDT tore up the stage last year at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards with a high energy performance of their hit ‘312’.

The group return this year, with finalist nods for both Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Urban Artist and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for their debut album Stoneyhunga.

Another hip hop artist garnering attention at the moment is Kings, who is a finalist for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist and SIT/MAINZ Best Producer for his self-produced debut album Chapter One.

Released in November 2017, Chapter One followed the smash success of Kings’ breakthrough single ‘Don’t Worry ‘Bout It’, which broke the Official New Zealand Singles Chart record with 32 weeks at #1. He also won several awards at the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards including NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award and Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist Award.

The seven piece ‘sunshine reggae’ collective Tomorrow People are finalists in three categories (Sunpix Best Pacific Language, APRA Best Pacific Song, Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Group) after a huge year in 2017 that saw them nominated for Best Roots Artist at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

With a diverse sound and multiple lead vocalists, the Wellington-based band endeavour to take their listeners on a journey of musical entertainment.

EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth is the 45-member Youth Choir from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (EFKS) in Te Atatu, Auckland.

After releasing their debut album Fa'afetai le Atua in 2017, the group are finalists for the Sunpix Best Pacific Language, Auckland Council Best Pacific Gospel Artist, and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album categories.

Other finalists include General Fiyah (NZ On Air Best Music Video, APRA Best Pacific Song, NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist), Sol3 Mio (Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Group, Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album), Ladi 6 (Virgin Australia Best Pacific Female Artist, Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album) and Te Vaka (Sunpix Best Pacific Language, APRA Best Pacific Song).

The awards event will also reveal the recipients of the four additional awards; the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Awards, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award, Phillip Fuemana Award for Most Promising Pacific Artist, and the Vodafone People’s Choice Award.

The winner of the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album category is presented with an official Tui and recognised at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards later this year.

Tickets to the 14th Vodafone Pacific Music Awards ceremony will be available through www.eventfinda.co.nz

Vodafone Pacific Music Awards finalists:

Virgin Australia Best Pacific Female Artist Award:

  • La Coco Love & Other Things PartII
  • Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000EP
  • Razé 4Seasons

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist Award:

  • General Fiyah – ‘Here ToStay’
  • Kings ChapterOne
  • Noah Slee Otherland

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Urban Artist Award:

  • 9-5ers Close ToHome
  • Noah Slee Otherland
  • SWIDT Stoneyhunga

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Group Award:

  • Sol3 Mio A Very MerryChristmas
  • Three Houses Down –‘Smile’
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Lock MeUp’

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video Award:

  • Samson Rambo – ‘Here To Stay’ (GeneralFiyah)
  • Noah Slee & Si Jay Gould – ‘Radar’ (NoahSlee)
  • Olivia Foa’i – ‘Lakalaka’ (TeVaka)

APRA Best Pacific Song Award:

  • General Fiyah – ‘Here To Stay’ (Written by : Charlie Pome'e & NicholasPome'e)
  • TomorrowPeople–‘Sa’iliLeAlofa’(WrittenbyKenapeSaupese,NaomiAlatipi,Honiara Salanoa, Helen Tupai, Avina Kelekolio, Daniel Sugrue, Tana Tupai)
  • Te Vaka – ‘Lakalaka’ (Written by Opetaia Foa'i/MatatiaFoa'i)

SunPix Best Pacific Language Award:

  • EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth Fa'afetai LeAtua
  • Te Vaka –‘Lakalaka’
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Sa’ili LeAlofa’

Auckland Council Best Pacific Gospel Artist Award:

  • TJ Taotua – 'SpecialPlace'
  • EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth Fa'afetai LeAtua
  • Niue Youth Network NYN Niue GospelAlbum

Flava Best International Pacific Artist Award:

  • Junior Maile – 'When I'm Gone'/'GoldenTouch'
  • Tenelle For theLovers
  • Sam Kiles –‘Delay’

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album Award:

  • EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth Fa'afetai LeAtua
  • Ladi 6 Royal Blue 3000EP
  • Noah Slee Otherland
  • Sol3 Mio – A Very MerryChristmas
  • SWIDT –Stoneyhunga

 SIT/MAINZ Best Producer Award:

  • Anonymouz The Undisciplined Son EP (ThaMovement)
  • Kings Chapter One(Kings)
  • Parks, Brandan Haru & Julien Dyne Royal Blue 3000 EP (Ladi6)

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