Much-loved music and dance group Te Vaka and multi-talented Vince Harder have taken out the top accolades at the 12th annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards showcased last night.
Te Vaka’s achievement is significant as it secured both the Best Song and Best Album awards, while Vince Harder took home no fewer than three awards – for NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Auckland Council Best Pacific Urban Artist and MAINZ Best Producer – showcasing the diversity of his abilities.
Te Vaka has won the APRA Best Pacific Song award for ‘Papua I Sisifo’, written by band member Opetaia Foa’i. The group also took out the Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album for ‘Amataga’, its 8th collection of songs released in late 2015. The group is a regular visitor to the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards podium having won numerous accolades over the years. The group’s songwriter and lead vocalist Opetaia Foa’i was noticeably missing from the awards ceremony but for good reason; he is currently writing the soundtrack for the upcoming Disney film Moana.
Vince Harder has won the NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist and the NIU FM Best Pacific Urban Artist awards for his album ‘Rare Vision’. Recognition of his talent as an artist was complemented by his win in the MAINZ Best Producer category, for album ‘Rare Vision’ and the song ‘Start Again’ which he co-wrote with Stan Walker.
Virgin Australia Best Pacific Female Artist went to industry stalwart Annie Grace for her album ‘The Journey’. Annie is a familiar presence in Pacific music circles and at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards; this year marks the second occasion on which she has won the Best Pacific Female Artist with the first awarded in 2006.
This year’s Flava Best International Pacific Artist award went to Common Kings for the album ‘Hits & Mrs’. Common Kings delivers a collection of inspirations orchestrated in an array of head rocking beats, feel good vibes and emotional fever. The band is known for delivering pop hits with rock, reggae and R&B influences.
Winning the SunPix Best Pacific Language Recording award this year is Tha Feelstyle for his single “Sasa”. Real name Kas Futialo, Tha Feelstyle is a multiple award winner who has forged a presence in the movie industry with music in films including Siones Wedding, Number 2 and The Orator. He was also the first to introduce the Samoan language to hip hop music in NZ.
The NZ On Air Radio Airplay award and a Special Recognition Award for outstanding achievement was presented to Savage for ‘Freaks’, his collaboration with Timmy Trumpet. Savage is the alter-ego of Demetrius Savelio, a rapper of Samoan descent, and a former member of hip hop group the Deceptikonz.
Another Special Recognition Award for outstanding achievement went to Vika & Linda Bull. The Tongan sisters have been making waves in Australia for 25 years with the Black Sorrows in the late 1980s and then with eight albums of their own. Their next project will see the sisters going back to the deep harmonies and spiritual resonance of traditional Tongan music.
Mikey Mayz wons the Phillip Fuemana Award for Most Promising Pacific Artist. Active since 2011, Mayz made his breakthrough in 2015 with the songs ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Thunder’, consolidating his success with 2016’s ‘Reload’.
Sol3 Mio’s ‘On Another Note’ is the winner of the Radio 531PI Best Pacific Group, while TJ Taotua is the Auckland Council Best Pacific Gospel Artist for his song “Firstly”. Both are previous winners in these categories demonstrating continued success in their respective genres.
The Vodafone People’s Choice Award went to Ill Semantics, much loved for their pure New Zealand hip-hop style, and Team Dynamite took away the NZ Best Pacific Music Video for “Cosmos ReUp” directed by Eddy Fifield.
Pacific Underground were recognised with the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award for their continuous commitment to Pacific Music.
See all the winners from the 2016 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards below:
|VIRGIN AUSTRALIA BEST PACIFIC FEMALE ARTIST||Annie Grace The Journey|
|NZ MUSIC COMMISSION BEST PACIFIC MALE ARTIST||Vince Harder Rare Vision|
|RADIO 531PI BEST PACIFIC GROUP||Sol3 MioOn Another Note|
|AUCKLAND COUNCIL BEST PACIFIC GOSPEL ARTIST||TJ Taotua ‘Firstly’|
|NIU FM BEST PACIFIC URBAN ARTIST||Vince Harder Rare Vision|
|FLAVA BEST INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC ARTIST||Common Kings ‘Hits & Mrs’|
|MAINZ BEST PRODUCER||Vince Harder|
|NZ ON AIR BEST PACIFIC MUSIC VIDEO||Team Dynamite ‘Cosmos ReUp’. Directed by Eddy Fifield|
|APRA BEST PACIFIC SONG||Te Vaka ‘Papua I Sisifo’. Written by Opetaia Foa’i|
|SUNPIX BEST PACIFIC LANGUAGE||Tha Feelstyle ‘Sasa’|
|NZ ON AIR RADIO AIRPLAY AWARD||Savage ‘Freaks’|
|VODAFONE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – BEST PACIFIC ARTIST||Ill Semantics|
|PHILLIP FUEMANA AWARD –MOST PROMISING PACIFIC ARTIST||Mikey Mayz|
|RECORDED MUSIC NZ BEST PACIFIC MUSIC ALBUM||Te Vaka ‘Amataga’|
|SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD – Outstanding Achievement||Savage|
|SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD– Outstanding Achievement||Vika & Linda Bull|
|MANUKAU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD||Pacific Underground|