Chch musician basks in accolades
Christchurch musician Mark Vanilau has won two major awards at the Pacific Music Awards.
A solo artist, and member of Dave Dobbyn's band, Vanilau won the British Council Aspiring International Artist for 2014 award and the Apra Best Pacific Song award for Giant of the Sea. Vanilau has worked with New Zealand's best. He played on Hollie Smith's album and has been in bands with Ladi6 and Scribe.
The video for Giant of the Sea was short-listed on British group Coldplay's website last year as one of its 25 "top" videos.
Platinum-selling operatic trio Sol3 Mio and hip-hop artist David Dallas were the big winners at last night's awards.
Dallas took home three awards from his third album Falling Into Place. The Samoan/New Zealand rapper, whose fans include Eminem and Kanye West, received some of the night's top honours including the Best Pacific Male Artist and Best Pacific Urban Artist awards. His hit single Runnin' snapped up the Radio Airplay Award.
Sol3 Mio, comprising brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay, won the Best Pacific Group award and the Best Pacific Music Album for their five-times platinum self-titled debut album, which is now in its 23rd week on the New Zealand charts. It sold more copies than Lorde's album Pure Heroine last year.
Samoan soul and R'n'B artist Bella Kalolo received the Best Pacific Female Artist award for her EP Time and Space.
Che Ness, aka Che Fu, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. A member of the 1990s band Supergroove, Che successfully moved on as a solo artist with the No 1 hit single Chains and created a New Zealand hip-hop classic with his debut album 2b S.Pacific