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Ngaiire

Dot Dash/Majestic Casual

Rating: ★★★

For her third album, Papua New Guinea-born, Australia-based singer Ngaiire (pronounced Ny-rie) digs deep into personal stories from her unusual...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Bird Like Men

Bird Like Men

Tararua

Top of the World

Oro Records

Rating: ★★★★★

The debut album from this new Aotearoa (New Zealand) quartet brings together four distinctive Kiwi artists: female Māori singer-musicians and...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of The Wait

The Wait

Vika & Linda

Bloodlines Music

Rating: ★★★★

Staples on the Australian music scene since the 1980s, when they were prominently featured in The Black Sorrows band, Aussie-Tongan...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Reggae Dancer

Reggae Dancer

Eastern Arrernte Band

CAAMA Music

Rating: ★★★

There’s a long and proud tradition of Australian Aboriginal rock-reggae groups, from both remote desert regions and urban cities, that...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Circling Time

Circling Time

Kutcha Edwards

Wantok Musik

Rating: ★★★★

A veteran of the Aboriginal music scene since 1991, Mutti Mutti man Edwards has been a key member of several...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Hand to Earth

Hand to Earth

Australian Art Orchestra, Daniel Wilfred, David Wilfred, Sunny Kim, Peter Knight & Aviva Endean

Top of the World

AAO Recordings

Rating: ★★★★★

A collaboration initiated by the Melbourne-based Australian Art Orchestra, Hand to Earth is an adventurously creative project. The Australian Art...

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Wairunga

Wairunga

Fat Freddy''s Drop

The Drop

Rating: ★★★★

Fat Freddy's Drop have been favourites on the local scene for two decades while also building a considerable global following....

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea

Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea

Maisey Rika

First Nation Music – Aotearoa

Rating: ★★★★

After growing up singing with her mother and aunties, award-winning Māori vocalist Maisey Rika began performing professionally at age 13....

Reviewed in issue November/2021

Review of Nau Mai E Kā Hua

Nau Mai E Kā Hua

Ariana Tikao & Al Fraser

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

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