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Happy 21st Birthday NZ Music Month!

OPINION

21 years ago this month the NZ Music Commission along with other organisations ran a

promotion – 31 days celebrating our country's music, seemingly a spin off on a larger scale of NZ Music Week originally launched back in 1997.

by Linda Heymans I     11 May 2021

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The wonderful thing about this campaign is it gives our local artists a medium to have that dedicated showcasing and gives us an opportunity to celebrate NZ music’s tremendous journey.

 

New Zealand music has come a long way after years of international music saturating our airwaves, helping grow this event into a nationwide celebration across all media facets.

Most notably this year, a documentary-style tv series will screen - following on from the 2019 number one album, Waiata / Anthems, musical artists from around Aotearoa translate and record their songs in te reo Māori.

 

For interest's sake I have complied songs from New Zealand, since the inception of this idea:

 

2000

Lydia - Fur Patrol

Screams From The Old Plantation - King Kapisi

 

2001

Youthful - Anika Moa

Fade Away - Che Fu

 

2002

Get Some Sleep - Bic Runga

For The People - Nesian Mystik

 

2003

Stop, Drop & Roll - Mareko

Stand Up - Scribe

 

2004

Getting Stronger - Adeaze

Blue Smoke - Pixie Williams

 

2005
Won’t Give In - Finn Brothers
Wandering Eye - Fat Freddy’s Drop

 
2006

Bathe In The River - Mt Raskil Preservation Society, Hollie Smith

Down Time - Aaradhna

 

2007

Second Chance - Liam Finn

Always On My Mind - Tiki Taane

 

2008

My Delirium - Ladyhawke
Wild Out (Chooohooo) - Savage

 

2009

Ghetto Flower - J Williams

Brother - Smashproof

 

2010

Cruel - Dane Rumble

Like Water - Ladi 6

 

2011

Don’t Forget Your Roots - Six60

Girl In Stilettos - Little Stranger

 

2012

Sierra Leone - Coconut Rough

Alligator Skin - Villainy

 

2013

In Colour - Shapeshifter

Lovely Lady - John Hanlon

 

2014

Step On Up - Benny Tipene

Bridges - Broods

 

2015

New Rush - Gin Wigmore

Po Marie - Itty Bitty Beats

 

2016

Don’t Worry ‘Bout It - Kings

Kind Of Love - Maala

 

2017

If Only - TEEKS

Controller - L.A.B.

 

2018

Woke Up Late - Drax Project
Years Gone By - Avantdale Bowling Club

 

2019

Soaked - Benee

The Barrel - Aldous Harding

 

2020

Not My Neighbour - Niko Walters

Savage Love - Jawsh 685, Jason Derulo (cheeky choice)

 

2021

Just A Little Bit - Tomorrow People

Jealous - Mahalia

 

You’ll note, I found a minimum of 2 different artists per year - I can’t say I’m surprised, but it is still something of wonder.

 

Join the team on the 135 Playlist as we help celebrate this AMAZING musical month!