Tagata Pasifika at the Finalists Announcement Event for the 2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards.

   

The finalists for the 2015 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards have been announced and it is new talent that is dominating the line-up.

Team Dynamite from Auckland is a finalist in an impressive four categories.

Band members Lucky Lance, Tony Tz and Haz Beats’ debut hip hop album ‘Shepards Delight’ has secured Team Dynamite finalist spots for Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album. The single from the same album ‘Coconut Lime’ is up for APRA Best Pacific Song and NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video.

Team Dynamite is going head to head with Pacific music industry veteran Cydel which is also a finalist for four awards.
Cydel members Saipele Nili and David Letoa, both from South Auckland, were finalists in 2006 and won the Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist Award in 2008. The band is up for the Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist Award category again this year, along with Radio 531pi Best Pacific Group, APRA Best Pacific Song and Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album.

Auckland’s Fiafia Band joins Team Dynamite and Cydel in the battle for Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for the 2014 release, ‘Siva Siva Maia’.
The winner of the Best Pacific album category is presented with a Tui and recognised at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards later this year.
2015 sees Auckland’s K.One and Wellington’s TJ Taotua debut in the finals line-up with both up for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist. Joining them is last year’s NZ On Air Best Pacific Video winner, Wellington’s King Kapisi. TJ Taotua, also nominated for Best Pacific Gospel artist.
In the Best Pacific Female Artist category, Samoa based artist Lole Usoalii-Hickey is up against Auckland’s Julie Ta’ale aka Mz J and five-time Pacific Music Awards finalist, Erakah.

Ten of the 21 finalists are newcomers to the awards.

Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says “The PMAs has a proud tradition of championing the Tupulaga - the new generation of artists coming through - which is evident in this year’s line-up with close to half being newcomers to the awards.

“Pacific music’s roots in NZ date back nearly 100 years so it’s fantastic to see this rich cultural genre continuing to grow with an array of new talent alongside our more established musicians. Pacific music has played a hugely influential role in the New Zealand Music scene and industry so we are humbled and excited to honour that tradition and the latest Pacific musical arrivals.”

The awards are in their eleventh year and the winners are to be announced at an event celebrating and honouring music and artists at the Vodafone Events Centre on Saturday 13 June.

Tickets to the ceremony are available through TicketDirect. www.ticketdirect.co.nz
0800 224 224. (Please note a booking fee may apply)

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

BEST PACIFIC FEMALE ARTIST

Lole Usoalii-Hickey “Get Over”
Mz J “Sparkle”
Erakah ‘Organised Chaos’

NZ MUSIC COMMISSION BEST PACIFIC MALE ARTIST

K.One “I Wanna Tell You”
King Kapisi ”Welcome Back”
TJ Taotua ‘Magnified’

NIU FM BEST PACIFIC URBAN ARTIST

Cydel ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’
Sid Diamond ‘Speakers Blown’
Team Dynamite ‘Shepards Delight’

RADIO 531PI BEST PACIFIC GROUP

Cydel ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’
Three Houses Down ‘On My Heart’
Tomorrow People ‘Again & Again’

NZ ON AIR BEST PACIFIC MUSIC VIDEO

Coco Solid ‘Heaven's Gate’ (Director Coco Solid)
Team Dynamite ‘Coconut Lime’ (Director Eddy Fifield)
Smashproof ‘Survivors’ (Director Chris Graham)

APRA BEST PACIFIC SONG

Andrew Faleatua ‘Samoa Forever’
Cydel ‘I Love You’
Smashproof ‘Survivors’
Team Dynamite ‘Coconut Lime’

TAGATA PASIFIKA BEST PACIFIC LANGUAGE

Aumua Toafa Ai'i Te'o ‘It’s my turn - O lo'u taimi’
Fiafia Band ‘Siva Siva Maia’
Word of Life South Auckland Choir ‘Toele I La'u auaunaga’

BEST PACIFIC GOSPEL ARTIST

Lifestyle (of Worship) ‘Your Will Be Done’
TJ Taotua ‘Magnified’
Word of Life South Auckland Choir ‘Toele I La'u auaunaga’

FLAVA BEST INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC ARTIST

Common Kings ‘Before You Go’
Mahi ‘Kissing You’
Maryanne Ito ‘Waking Up’

RECORDED MUSIC NZ BEST PACIFIC MUSIC ALBUM

Cydel ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’
Team Dynamite ‘Shepards Delight’
Fiafia Band ‘Siva Siva Maia’

2015 Finalists:

  • Andrew Faleatua ‘Samoa Forever’
  • Aumua Toafa Ai'i Te'o ‘Its my turn - O lo'u taimi’
  • Coco Solid ‘Heaven’s Gate’
  • Common Kings ‘Before You Go’
  • Cydel ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’/’I Love You’
  • Erakah ‘Organised Chaos’
  • Fiafia Band ‘Siva Siva Maia’
  • K.One ‘I Wanna Tell You’
  • King Kapisi ‘Welcome Back’
  • Lifestyle (of Worship) ‘Your Will Be Done’
  • Lole Usoalii-Hickey ‘Get Over’
  • Mahi ‘Kissing You’
  • Maryanne Ito ‘Waking Up’
  • Mz J ‘Sparkle’
  • Sid Diamond ‘Speakers Blown’
  • Smashproof ‘Survivors’
  • Team Dynamite ‘Shepards Delight’/’Coconut Lime’
  • Three Houses Down ‘On My Heart’
  • TJ Taotua ‘Magnified’
  • Tomorrow People ‘Again & Again’
  • Word of Life South Auckland Choir ‘Toele I La'u auaunaga’

Contacts:

Pead PR:
Lily Batt ph: +64 (9) 551 2375 or 027 778 6520 Email: lily(at)peadpr.co.nz

Pacific Music Awards Trust Chairman and spokesperson:
Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua. Phone: 09 377 7782 or 021 1418798. Email: stricksonpua(at)xtra.co.nz

Pacific Music Awards contact person:
Petrina Togi’Sa’ena. Phone: 0272 451 898. info(at)pacificmusicawards.org.nz

www.pacificmusicawards.org.nz