Maori music shines bright at Waiata Maori Music Awards video


Stan Walker and Alien Weaponry are going head-to-head for this year's best video by a Maori artist.

The two are listed as finalists in the category alongside Teeks, Valkyrie and Maimoa in the Waiata Maori Music Awards - which kicks off this year's Te Marama Pūoru Waiata Māori / Maori Music Month. 

Walker released New Takeover earlier this year but it received some negative feedback.

Stan Walker's New Takeover is in the running for this year's best Maori music video.
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Stan Walker's New Takeover is in the running for this year's best Maori music video.

TV presenter Mike Hosking described the video as "controversial".

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In an interview with Stuff, Walker scoffed at his comments and said it was rare to see people really embrace their culture and show their culture in a video.

"I think people only get excited about their culture when it's popular you know? I think how people have grown up, sometimes it's hard to be proud of yourselves, because being different to everything you see is kind of ugly sometimes," he said.

The video, directed and produced by Shae Sterling and styled by Sammy Salsa, shows Walker on a West Auckland beach with dancers from the Hawaiki TŪ theatre company dancing a combination of traditional and contemporary elements.

Alien Weaponry saw their single Ru ana te Whenua, produced By Tom Larkin,  reached number 4 on the NZ Heatseeker singles charts.

Alien Weaponry are proving they're a force to be reckoned with.
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Alien Weaponry are proving they're a force to be reckoned with.

They are the first band to ever have a metal song in Te Reo Maori featured on the NZ single charts.

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The video shows the trio performing outside while rocks and dust rumble around them - in English the title of the song means The Earth Trembles.

Snap shots show a Maori warrior walking through New Zealand bush with a tomahawk.

Maisey Rika has the most nominations in this year's Maori Music Awards.
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Maisey Rika has the most nominations in this year's Maori Music Awards.

Bay of Plenty's soul singer Maisey Rika received the most nominations - they include best Maori songwriter, best song by a Maori artist, best Maori female solo artist, best Maori pop album and best Maori traditional album.

Rika, alongside other acclaimed singer/songwriters including  Rob Ruha, Tama Waipara and Taisha Tari are the official ambassadors of the Waiata Maori Music Awards and will be join the finalists at this year's ceremony in Hastings on Friday September 15.

Waiata Maori Music Awards, in its tenth year, celebrates excellence in Maori music and also aim to acknowledge and honour the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of the cultural taonga.

The finalists are:

Best Māori Traditional Album
Hikoikoi, Grove Roots
Auaha, Auaha
Tira, Maisey Rika

Best Māori Urban Rap/Hip Hop/RnB Album
Me, My Selfie & Ice Pro, Taipari Waaka
A Place to Stand, Rei
4108sis, Rugged and Wylde
AvonTales, Melodownz

Best Māori Urban Roots/Reggae Album
Hikoikoi, Grove Roots
Dance Hall Vol 1, Israel Starr
Love not War, NLC

Best Māori Pop Album
Guitar Party at Uncle's Bach, Troy Kingi
Written in the Stars, Maaka Fiso
Tira, Maisey Rika

Best Māori Male Solo Artist
Troy Kingi
Maaka Fiso
Teeks
Seth Haapu

Best Māori Female Solo Artist
Toni Huata
Pianika Duncan
Maisey Rika

Best song by a Maori Artist
Written in the Stars, Maaka Fiso
Never Be Apart, Teeks
Te Kura, Grove Roots
Mohaka, Toni Huata
Taku Mana, Maisey Rika

Best Māori Songwriter
Maaka Fiso
Teeks
Grove Roots
Toni Huata
Maisey Rika

Best Video by a Māori artist
Lost Soul, Valkyrie
Ru ana te Whenua, Alien Weaponry
New Take Over, Stan Walker
If Only, Teeks
Wairua, Maimoa

 - Stuff

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