Pacific Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Pacific Underground
Performing arts collective Pacific Underground is to be recognised with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Vodafone Pacific Music Awards on June 9.
They will join Joining the ranks of Herbs, Annie Crummer, Ardijah, Bill Sevesi and The Yandall Sisters.
Led by Pos Mavaega and Tanya Muagututi'a for the past 17 years, Pacific Underground was first formed in Christchurch in 1993, and is known for sharing stories of Pasifika communities living in New Zealand through plays, music concerts, events, CDs, tours and collaborations with artists all over the Pacific.
Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev Mua Strickson-Pua notes that the Lifetime Achievement Award recognises artists who have significantly contributed to Pacific music over an extended period of time.
"That's certainly something the community sees in Pacific Underground.
"Since 1993, this group has occupied a central space in the local scene and across a wide variety of mediums, including the production of music, theatre, events and more. I love that Pacific Underground started in a very humble, grassroots way, but its influence and contribution today is being recognised and honoured."
The Pacific Music Lifetime Achievement Award is not the first time Pacific Underground have been acknowledged for their work, having also won the Cultural Diversity Award from the Human Rights Commission and the Media Peace Award from Radio NZ.