Happy 21st Birthday NZ Music Month!
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
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:
Lydia - Fur Patrol
Screams From The Old Plantation - King Kapisi
Youthful - Anika Moa
Fade Away - Che Fu
Get Some Sleep - Bic Runga
For The People - Nesian Mystik
Stop, Drop & Roll - Mareko
Stand Up - Scribe
Getting Stronger - Adeaze
Blue Smoke - Pixie Williams
Won’t Give In - Finn Brothers
Wandering Eye - Fat Freddy’s Drop
Bathe In The River - Mt Raskil Preservation Society, Hollie Smith
Down Time - Aaradhna
Second Chance - Liam Finn
Always On My Mind - Tiki Taane
My Delirium - Ladyhawke
Wild Out (Chooohooo) - Savage
Ghetto Flower - J Williams
Brother - Smashproof
Cruel - Dane Rumble
Like Water - Ladi 6
Don’t Forget Your Roots - Six60
Girl In Stilettos - Little Stranger
Sierra Leone - Coconut Rough
Alligator Skin - Villainy
In Colour - Shapeshifter
Lovely Lady - John Hanlon
Step On Up - Benny Tipene
Bridges - Broods
New Rush - Gin Wigmore
Po Marie - Itty Bitty Beats
Don’t Worry ‘Bout It - Kings
Kind Of Love - Maala
If Only - TEEKS
Controller - L.A.B.
Woke Up Late - Drax Project
Years Gone By - Avantdale Bowling Club
Soaked - Benee
The Barrel - Aldous Harding
Not My Neighbour - Niko Walters
Savage Love - Jawsh 685, Jason Derulo (cheeky choice)
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!