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Review of Nau Mai E Kā Hua

Nau Mai E Kā Hua

Ariana Tikao

Top of the World

Rattle Records

Rating: ★★★★

Two of New Zealand's most innovative contemporary musicians, singer-composer Ariana Tikao and multi-instrumentalist and producer Al Fraser have worked together...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Signs

Signs

Vaiteani

Motu Hani

Rating: ★★★★

Following on from their self-titled 2017 debut, the Euro-Polynesian duo Vaiteani is made up of Tahitian singer Vaiteani Teaniniuraitemoana and...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Crossover

Crossover

Emma Donovan

Hope Street Recordings

Rating: ★★★★

A mainstay of the Australian indigenous music scene over the last 20 years, singer Emma Donovan grew up in a...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Across the Pacific

Across the Pacific

The South Pasifika Sound Project

South Pasifika Sound Project

Rating: ★★★

An Australian-based audio experiment, The South Pasifika Sound Project is the brainchild of musician-producer and traveller Paul Agar, who in...

Reviewed in issue April/2021

Review of Identity

Identity

Black Rock Band

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★

Hailing from the mining-tourist town of Jabiru, within the Northern Territory’s incredible Kakadu National Park, Black Rock Band follow up...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Aloha Radio Hawaii

Aloha Radio Hawaii

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Rhymoi Music

Rating: ★★★

A Chinese label recording vintage Hawaiian music in an ultra-modern California studio, with mostly non-native musicians? Go figure. But despite...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Rangatira

Rangatira

Riki Gooch

NOA Records

Rating: ★★★★

A collaboration that pairs various traditional Maori instruments (ngā taonga pūoro) with percussion, Rangatira brings together two respected New Zealand...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Marni: Music for Slow Television

Marni: Music for Slow Television

David Bridie

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★★

This is the soundtrack to a fascinating two-and-a-half hour observational documentary that chronicles the painting of a large intricate work,...

Reviewed in issue January/2021

Review of Nyaaringu

Nyaaringu

Miiesha

EMI Australia

Rating: ★★★

The well-deserved winner of Best New Talent at this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards, 21-year-old Miiesha Young’s career is on...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

Review of Beats Vol 2

Beats Vol 2

Te Vaka

Spirit of Play

Rating: ★★★

With over 20 years’ experience of recording and performing both traditional and contemporary Pacific music, Te Vaka have always been...

Reviewed in issue December/2020

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