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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

Review of Crossover

Crossover

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

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

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