November 19, 2015
Maori music celebrated on main stage
It’s a big night in Auckland for Lois McIver, who’s up for a Vodafone Music Award for best Maori album with her debut Whaia and The Mahician.
She’s up against Ranea’s Tihei Mauri Ora and Moana & The Tribe’s Rima.
She’s not seeing it as a competition.
"It’s a celebration that our waiata Maori, puoro Maori can be celebrated on the same stage as mainstream music so it's exciting, it's wonderful, I am so looking forward to it, both Leyton and myself, we are so looking forward to the kaupapa and the event and being able to celebrate our album with the rest of te ao puoro and te ao Maori," McIver says.
Other nominees in the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards include Anika Moa in the best solo female category, and Stan Walker, Marlon Williams and Ruban Nielson’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra in the solo male category.
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