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Finalists announced for the 2019 Pacific Music Awards

Celebrating 15 years of Pacific musical excellence
Finalists announced for the 2019 Pacific Music Awards

Tonight, the finalists for the 2019 Pacific Music Awards were announced at the Otara Music Arts Centre in
Auckland, marking the 15th anniversary of the celebrated event.


It’s been a strong year for Pasifika hip hop, with the genre experiencing a whirlwind of activity in recent
times. Heavyweights Kings and SWIDT lead the finalists this year with five nods apiece.


Kings is no stranger to the Pacific Music Awards, winning 5 awards including the NZ On Air Streaming
Award in 2018. This year, he’s nominated for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Base FM NZ
& Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist, SIT/MAINZ Best Producer (with Tenei Kesha) and
Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for his third album Lov3 and 3go as well as APRA Best
Pacific Song for ‘6 Figures’.


Onehunga’s very own SWIDT are back at the Pacific Music Awards off the back of their successful EP
The Most Electrifying.


They’re nominated for PMN Best Pacific Group, Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip
Hop Artist, Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album and NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video for
‘Who Run It’, directed by 10Daniel16. Producer SmokeyGotBeatz is also nominated for SIT/MAINZ Best
Producer for his work on the EP.


Samoan born and bred rap artist Poetik won Most Promising Pacific Artist in 2018 and released
HAMOFIED EP. This year, he’s a finalist for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist and Base FM
NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist.


Both Melodownz (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist) and Church & AP (APRA Best Pacific
Song) are also recognised for their contributions to hip hop in 2019.


New Zealand R&B & soul duo Adeaze took a hiatus from music after the release of their second album
and have been working in South Auckland performing arts programme for kids, Saintz Up.

The brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupa’i are back with their new album A Mother’s Love, dedicated to their late
mother Selepa – their greatest supporter and fan. The brothers are nominated for PMN Best Pacific
Group, PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist, and Sunpix Best Pacific Language.


After being recognised for their widespread influence and significant contribution to Samoan music and
culture as last year’s Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award recipients,
Punialava’a are back for this year’s awards celebrations.


They’re nominated for three awards including PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist, Sunpix Best Pacific
Language and APRA Best Pacific Song for 'Ana le Seanoa'oe' by Rev iosefa Lale Peteru.


Seven piece ‘sunshine reggae’ collective Tomorrow People won two awards at last year’s Pacific Music
Awards (PMN Best Pacific Group, Sunpix Best Pacific Language). This year, they’re finalists for three
awards - PMN Best Pacific Group, Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist and Recorded
Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.


Mangere youth worker and singer extraordinaire Latoia Sasa-Tepania aka La CoCo is nominated for
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist and Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist for song ‘Waiting’, the lead
single off her upcoming EP Out Of Time.


Other finalists include Razé (Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist,
NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video), Villette (Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific
Soul/R&B Artist, NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video), Sonatane Kaufusi (NZ On Air Best Pacific Music
Video, NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist), Tree (Auckland Council Best Pacific Female
Artist), Lapi Mariner (Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist), Revere (PMN Best Pacific
Gospel Artist), Sammy Atoa (Sunpix Best Pacific Language),  Baccyard (Clinton Bently) (SIT/MAINZ
Best Producer), Bobby Alu (FLAVA Best International Pacific Artist), Jaro Local (FLAVA Best
International Pacific Artist), and Kaiit (FLAVA Best International Pacific Artist).


The big change this year is the splitting of Best Pacific Urban Artist into three separate categories – Best
Pacific Soul/R&B Artist, Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist, and Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist.


This aims to highlight the ever-changing Pacific music landscape and acknowledge all the artists who are
creating and composing music across a wide range of genres.


Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua said the sheer range of different
talents on display across the finalists was something to be proud of.


“First Solomon Islands and PNG artists join 12 first time finalist and seasoned veterans of our music
scene and industry at the 15th anniversary for the Pacific Music Awards in 2019.


“The diverse range of talents across the finalist reminds us of the richness of the star systems for our
musical navigations of referencing the stars to bring us home like our Pacific mariner ancestors. Our firsttime
finalists remind us of growth, richness and transition with our musical malaga ola music journey of
life.”


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


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 15th Pacific Music Awards ceremony will be available through www.eventfinda.co.nz


Pacific Music Awards finalists:


Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:

  • La Coco - ‘Waiting’
  • Razé - ‘Not About You’
  • Tree - ‘Can We’
  • Villette - ‘Money’

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:

  • Kings - Lov3 & 3go
  • Melodownz - Melo & Blues
  • POETIK - HAMOFIED EP
  • Sonatane Kaufusi - ‘Birdie’

PMN Best Pacific Group:

  • Adeaze - A Mother's Love
  • SWIDT - The Most Electrifying
  • Tomorrow People - BBQ Reggae

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:
Razé X Edy - ‘Not About You’

  • Directed by Kiel Tutin & Edward Liu

Sonatane Kaufusi - ‘Birdie’

  • Directed by Dave Thomson, Imaginary Friends

SWIDT - ‘Who Run It’

  • Directed by 10Daniel16

Villette - ‘Money’

  • Directed by Parker Howell, Baron VR

APRA Best Pacific Song:
Church & AP - ‘Ready or Not’

  • Written by Elijah Manu, Albert Purcell

Kings - ‘6 Figures’

  • Written by Kingdon Chapple-Wilson

Punialava’a - ‘Ana le Seanoa’oe’

  • Written by Rev. Iosefa Lale Peteru

SunPix Best Pacific Language:

  • Adeaze - A Mother's Love
  • Punialava’a - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, O ananafi, O nei ma Taeao
  • Sammy Atoa - 'Samoa Finau’

Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:

  • Kings - Lov3 & 3go
  • POETIK - HAMOFIED EP
  • SWIDT - The Most Electrifying

Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist:

  • La Coco - ‘Waiting’
  • Razé - ‘Not About You’
  • Villette - ‘Not In Love’

Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:

  • Lapi Mariner - ‘Go Back’
  • Runtingz Family - ‘Runtingz Anthem’
  • Tomorrow People - BBQ Reggae

PMN Best Pacific Gospel Artist:

  • Adeaze - A Mother's Love
  • Punialava’a - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, O ananafi, O nei ma Taeao
  • Revere - Revere

FLAVA Best International Pacific Artist:

  • Bobby Alu - ‘Move’
  • Jaro Local - Dakini Tangarareh
  • Kaiit - Live From Her Room EP
  • Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:
  • Kings - Lov3 & 3go
  • SWIDT - The Most Electrifying
  • Tomorrow People - BBQ Reggae

SIT/MAINZ Best Producer:

  • Kings & 10A (Tenei Kesha) - Lov3 & 3go (Kings)
  • SmokeyGotBeatz - The Most Electrifying (SWIDT)
  • Baccyard (Clinton Bently) - Melo & Blues (Melodownz)

All the artist finalists:

  1. Adeaze - A Mother's Love
  2. Bobby Alu - ‘Move’
  3. Church & AP - ‘Ready or Not’
  4. Jaro Local - Dakini Tangarareh
  5. Kaiit - Live From Her Room EP
  6. Kings - Lov3 & 3go
  7. La Coco - ‘Waiting’
  8. Lapi Mariner - ‘Go Back’
  9. Melodownz - Melo & Blues
  10. POETIK - HAMOFIED EP
  11. Punialava’a - Yesterday, Today &
    Tomorrow, O ananafi, O nei ma Taeao
  12. Razé - ‘Not About You’
  13. Revere - Revere
  14. Runtingz Family - ‘Runtingz Anthem’
  15. Sammy Atoa - ‘Samoa Finau’
  16. Sonatane Kaufusi - ‘Birdie’
  17. SWIDT - The Most Electrifying
  18. Tomorrow People - BBQ Reggae
  19. Tree - ‘Can We’
  20. Villette – ‘Money’/‘Not In Love’

For more information: www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz
Issued for the Pacific Music Awards by Pead PR
About the 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.

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