The finalists for the 2013 Pacific Music Awards have been announced and it’s the ladies who are racking up multiple nominations.

Exotic Porirua songstress Aaradhna stands out for special recognition with five nominations and will go head to head with Neo-soul singer Iva Lamkum who is nominated four times.

Well known for her soulful R & B voice, Aaradhna has been nominated in a new category for the awards this year, the New Zealand on Air Best Music Video for her song “Lorena Bobbitt” produced with Tom Gould. She’s also been nominated for Best Pacific Female Artist, Nui FM Best Pacific Urban Artist and also Best Pacific Music Album for her new album ‘Treble & Reverb’ and the APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Wake Up’.

Aaradhna is the first artist since the Pacific Music Awards started who has received five nominations for one awards ceremony.

Iva Lamkum’s 2012 album ‘Black Eagle’ is nominated for Best Pacific Album and the 26 year old Wellingtonian is also nominated for Best Pacific Artist. Like Aaradhna, Lamkum is also up for Best Music Video for her work with Askew on the song ‘Doo Bop’, which has also been nominated for Best Pacific Song.

Vince Harder joins Iva and Aaradhna in the battle for Best Pacific Music Video with his 2012 release ‘Far From Here’ produced with Mark Arona and Shae Sterling.

 

ivalamkum-blackeagle.pngThe winner of the Best Pacific Music Video category will be presented with a Tui and recognised at the New Zealand Music Awards later this year.

In the NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist category, Hip Hop stalwart Savage is nominated for his work on his 2012 album ‘Mayhem and Miracles’. This is his 6 Pacific Music Awards nomination in his music career. He will compete against Swiss and Vaniah Toloa for their work on ‘Slow Wind’ and ‘Tofi O Tamatane’.

The Homebrew crew, who were the winners of the Best Urban/Hip Hop Album at last year’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, are also nominated this year for the Radio 531PI Best Pacific Music Album as well as Best Pacific Music Group. They will line up against Tomorrow People in both categories.

In the Best Pacific Music Language Category church group Mangere Congregational Church of Jesus are joined by Mr Tanoa and Vaniah Toloa as they battle it out for the top spot.

A total of 12 artists and groups have been announced as finalists by the Pacific Music Awards Trust, at a function in Auckland's Aotea Centre tonight. The evening is held in association with the Auckland Arts Festival and is supported by ATEED, as part of the ‘Pacific As’ programme for Pacific events.

Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says, “Aotearoa has a wealth of musical talent in the pacific community. This year’s line-up shows some talented artists being recognised for their passion to produce great music. It’s also good to see the female artists taking such a prominent position with the most nominations this year.”

“The nominees this year are a great mix of talent and show us all that Pacific culture is alive and well in New Zealand”.

The awards are in their ninth year and winners are to be announced at an event celebrating and honouring Pacific music and artists at the TelstraClear Pacific Events centre on 30 May.

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The full list of finalists for the Pacific Music Awards are:

BEST PACIFIC FEMALE ARTIST

Aaradhna ‘Treble & Reverb’

Iva Lamkum ‘Black Eagle’

Ria ‘The One’

NZ MUSIC COMMISSION BEST PACIFIC MALE ARTIST

Savage ‘Mayhem & Miracles’

Swiss ‘Slow Wind’

Vaniah Toloa ‘Tofi O Tamatane’

NIU FM BEST PACIFIC URBAN ARTIST

Aaradhna ‘Treble & Reverb’

Iva Lamkum ‘Black Eagle’

Swiss ‘Slow Wind’

RADIO 531PI BEST PACIFIC GROUP

Home Brew ‘Home Brew’

The Hypnotics ‘Give It Time’

Tomorrow People ‘One’

NZ ON AIR BEST PACIFIC MUSIC VIDEO

Aaradhna ‘Lorena Bobbitt’

Iva Lamkum ‘Doo Bop’

Vince Harder ‘Far From Here’

APRA BEST PACIFIC SONG

Aaradhna ‘Wake Up’

Iva Lamkum ‘Doo Bop’

Swiss ‘Slow Wind’

TAGATA PASIFIKA BEST PACIFIC LANGUAGE

Mangere Congregational Church of Jesus ‘Ia Outou Vivi'I’

Mr Tanoa ‘My Sweat & Tears’

Vaniah Toloa ‘Tofi O Tamatane’

BEST PACIFIC MUSIC ALBUM

Aaradhna ‘Treble & Reverb’

Home Brew ‘Home Brew’

Tomorrow People ‘One’

The 2012 Pacific Music Awards are supported by the following generous sponsors:

Auckland Council, NZ On Air, APRA, NZ Music Commission, Radio 531pi, Niu FM, Tagata Pasifika, Manukau Institute of Technology and PPNZ Licensing. Along, with support from TelstraClear Pacific, 'Pacific As' and the Auckland Arts Festival.

 

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Photographs of finalists are available on request.

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Issued for the Pacific Music Awards Trust by Pead PR

Contacts:

PMAT Spokesperson, Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua, Tel: 0-9-377 7782, Mob: 021 141 8798 stricksonpua(at)xtra.co.nz

PMAT Contact Person, Petrina George, Tel: 0-9-623 4717, Mob: 0272 451 898, info(at)pacificmusicawards.org.nz

Alex Gray, Pead PR Tel : 0-9-551 2379 ; Mob : 021 0299 1295, alex(at)peadpr.co.nz

 

 

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