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

Tonight, 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.

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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).

Vodafone Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua said the sheer range of

different talents on display across the finalists was something the Pacific music community should be

proud of.

“This year’s Vodafone Pacific Music Award showcases a broad range of incredible musicians, which

continues to build on the momentum from previous years with more fresh talent and vision to our

stage.

“The Vodafone Pacific Music Awards have celebrated Pacific excellence in music for 14 years. I’m always

inspired at the impressive unique material our finalists bring out each year”

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

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The Pacific Music Awards Trust are also supporting ‘One for the Pacific’, which is a benefit concert for

Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, affected by Cyclone Gita.

The concert is a collective community response to help each nation recover and re-build and will be held

on Wednesday 11 April at The Trusts Arena, Henderson, Auckland.

The artists announced to perform are: Three Houses Down & General Fiyah, King Kapisi, Swiss, Tree, Lapi

Mariner, TJ Taotua, Erakah, Mikey Mayz, JP and Raze with more announcements to follow. The concert

team are partnering with the New Zealand Red Cross, who will be responsible for distributing the money

raised. For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/OneForThePacific/

Vodafone Pacific Music Awards finalists:

Virgin Australia Best Pacific Female Artist Award:

• La Coco – Love & Other Things Part II

• Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP

• Razé – 4Seasons

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist Award:

• General Fiyah – ‘Here To Stay’

• Kings – Chapter One

• Noah Slee – Otherland

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Urban Artist Award:

• 9-5ers – Close To Home

• Noah Slee – Otherland

• SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Group Award:

• Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas

• Three Houses Down – ‘Smile’

• Tomorrow People – ‘Lock Me Up’

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NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video Award:

• 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:

• 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:

• EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua

• Te Vaka – ‘Lakalaka’

• Tomorrow People – ‘Sa’ili Le Alofa’

Auckland Council Best Pacific Gospel Artist Award:

• TJ Taotua – 'Special Place'

• EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua

• Niue Youth Network – NYN Niue Gospel Album

Flava Best International Pacific Artist Award:

• Junior Maile – 'When I'm Gone'/'Golden Touch'

• Tenelle – For the Lovers

• Sam Kiles – ‘Delay’

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album Award:

• EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua

• Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP

• Noah Slee – Otherland

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• Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas

• SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

SIT/MAINZ Best Producer Award:

• Anonymouz – The Undisciplined Son EP (Tha Movement)

• Kings – Chapter One (Kings)

• Parks, Brandan Haru & Julien Dyne – Royal Blue 3000 EP (Ladi 6)

All the finalists:

1. 9-5ers – Close To Home

2. Anonymouz – The Undisciplined Son EP

(Tha Movement)

3. EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le

Atua

4. General Fiyah – ‘Here To Stay’

5. Junior Maile – 'When I'm Gone'/'Golden

Touch'

6. Kings – Chapter One (Kings)

7. La Coco – Love & Other Things Part 2

8. Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP

9. Niue Youth Network – NYN Niue Gospel

Album

10. Noah Slee – Otherland

11. Olivia Foa’i – ‘Lakalaka’ (Te Vaka)

12. Parks, Brandan Haru & Julien Dyne – Royal

Blue 3000 EP (Ladi 6)

13. Raze – 4Seasons

14. Sam Kiles – ‘Delay’

15. Samson Rambo – ‘Here To Stay’ (General

Fiyah)

16. Si Jay Gould – ‘Radar’ (Noah Slee)

17 . Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas

18. SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

19. Te Vaka – ‘Lakalaka’

20. Tenelle – For the Lovers

21. Three Houses Down – ‘Smile’

22. TJ Taotua – 'Special Place'

23. Tomorrow People – ‘Sa’ili Le Alofa’ / ‘Lock

Me Up’

For more information: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz

Issued for the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards by Pead PR

About the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards:

In 2004 the Pacific Music Awards Committee (PMAC) was formed to realise a vision and the inaugural

Pacific Music Awards debuted at Pasifika Festival in March 2005. Encouraged by the success of the

awards the PMAC set about developing an annual event as a significant highlight of the New Zealand

music industry calendar. The awards committee formed a Charitable Trust to organise and host the

awards, and are driven by a simple core objective: to create and manage an event that acknowledges

the success of Pacific artists, celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music and encourages young

Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement.

Contact:

Adam Warin, Pead PR | P. 09 551 2375 | M. 021 029 01388 | E. adam@peadpr.co.nz

Jack Wheeler, Pead PR | P. 09 918 5581 | M. 021 0233 5803 | E. jack@peadpr.co.nz

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