Waiata Maori Music Awards 2011

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The word has gone out to artists to submit their nominations for this years Waiata Maori Awards, Mr Huata said. The award night will be recorded by Maori Television for broadcast on its network in Septemebr while Radio Kahungunu, based in Hastings, will broadcast the awards night live, offering it to the iwi station network across the country.

Well-known television producer Robert Hagen will be back for his third stint working on the music awards.

Popular Maori singer Maisey Rika took home four of the eight major gongs at the 2010 awards while other winners included 1814, Young Sid and Stan Walker.

We hope by July we will have the finalists selected for 2011, Mr Huata said.

For the first time an indigenous performance group from Canada will feature at the music awards and stay on to be part of the Takitimu Festival the following week.

I was presenting lecturers at Trent University in Canada a few years ago when I was invited to Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. I asked if they were interested in forming and alliance and they jumped at the opportunity, Mr Huata said.

Since then Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre, based in Hastings, had performed at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards twice.

The Canadian first nations performance group is keen to perform at the Maori music awards this year, their goal is to bring up to 50 people for the music awards and for the Takitimu Festival, Mr Huata said.

A special request had already been lodged for when the Canadians arrive in New Zealand later this year.

It just so happens the Candadian rugby team will be playing two games in Hawkes Bay during the Rugby World Cup and theyve asked if thy can go to the matches.

Its a wonderful opportunity for them to be able to come here, perform and maybe gtet to watch there national rugby team.

A full programme of performers, workshops and activities assoicated with the music awards is expected to be completed by the end of February.

Hastings Opera House, Hastings Street, Hawke’s Bay


Wednesday, September 7 at 9:30am – September 9 at 11:30pm

Check Out Website for All Details: www.waiatamaoriawards.co.nz

Music / Industry Expo’ Composition Workshops / Music Clinics

Iconic Nominated & Contemporary Music Awards
www.waiatamaoriawards.co.nz

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