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2011 WAIATA MĀORI MUSIC AWARD ICON RECIPIENTS

Keeper of Tradition Award - Tihi Puanaki

A woman who is a stickler for detail when it comes to kaupapa and tikanga of waiata and kapa haka has been named as the fourth nominated award winner of this year’s National Waiata Maori Music Awards.
Tihi Puanaki, Ngati Hine, has been a leader in kapa haka and waiata Maori for more than four decades and her work in these industries has earned her the Keeper of Traditions Award.
(Pictured: Tihi leads the Te Kotahitanga Kapa Haka group at CHARTFEST 2010)
The nominated award is for a person who is or has been dedicated to teaching Maori culture in music. There are four nominated sections each year, recognizing the contribution people have made to waiata Maori.

 

 

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Lifetime Contribution to Maori Music Award - Maori Volcanics
Formed in Sydney in 1964 and became the most successful and enduring of the Maori showbands. The lineup has changed over the years but the Maori Volcanics are still performing today in Australia and New Zealand.
Music Industry Award - Ardijah and Frankie Stevens

After a year of playing at local social gatherings Ardijah entered the Billy Joe’s Nightclub talent quest in 1980. This was an event (unbeknown to all) which would lead the boys directly to the band’s female vocalist. A budding young 15 year old with a unique sweet voice and fine tuned vocal ability, Betty-Anne was indirectly auditioning for the band. No-one was to foresee the future, that this girl was going to end up the main focal point of the band, gaining huge respect as one of New Zealand’s top vocal divas.

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Iconic Maori Music Composers Award (Historical) - Sir Kingi Ihaka

The work of a man revered for the way he wrote and performed songs and for his charisma as an orator, lives on today through the people he taught 50 years ago.

Sir Kingi Ihaka arrived in Auckland in 1967 to take up the role as Anglican Minister for Maori living in Auckland.

 

 

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