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Language lives in music

Last updated 05:00 06/06/2014
Viiz and Nainz Tupai

PACIFIC ROOTS: Viiz and Nainz Tupai of Adeaze are promoting the Unitec songwriting competition.

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Calling all Pacific Island songwriters - it's time to put pen to paper in your native tongue.

Unitec Institute of Technology is launching its inaugural Pacific songwriting competition for people of all ages to celebrate their culture through music.

Entries must have 50 per cent of their lyrics in a language from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga or Tuvalu.

Award-winning duo Adeaze is backing the initiative.

The R&B soul group will be sharing their own arrangement of a Samoan classic and providing songwriting tips online to support the competition.

Adeaze member Nainz Tupa'i says music and language is a great partnership.

"We're so proud to be part of this project with Unitec, using music to keep the language alive is awesome."

Unitec Pacific student and community engagement director Linda Aumua says the team wanted to celebrate Pacific language weeks in a new way.

"We've chosen a 50 per cent Pacific language content, from any genre of music, to encourage people of all levels of fluency, ages and ability to have a go."

Submissions for the competition are open until August 31. Winners for each language will receive a $500 music voucher and the top seven videos will also go in to win a $1000 People's Choice Award when public voting opens on September 8.

Go to unitec.ac.nz/pacificsongs for information and songwriting tips.

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