September 21, 2016
Moana Maniapoto to join hall of fame
A giant of modern Maori music is to be recognised by the wider music industry.
Moana Maniapoto is to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at this year’s 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
The Invercargill-born singer-songwriter from Ngati Tuwharetoa and Tuhourangi-Ngati Wahiao emerged in 1987 with the Dalvanius-produced Kua Makona.
Last year her fifth album Rima made English world music magazine Songline’s top of the world list as well as drawing accolades at home.
Anthony Healey, the head of NZ operations for APRA AMCOS, says Moana has shown people here that music is a language to unify, educate, advocate, understand, inspire, comfort and forgive – and she has taken that message around the world, leading the way for artists everywhere, encouraging and empowering them to do the same.
Moana will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards at Vector Arena in Auckland on Thursday, September 29.
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