The Waiata Maori Music Expo on 13/14 September will open the event this year over two days and will be open to all ages. This will be followed at 7pm on 13 September by the Te Koanga Fashion Show, highlighting national and local Maori designers and models in the Assembly Room. On the morning of Friday 14 September, a celebrity breakfast is being hosted in the Shakespeare Room at 7:30am.
A mix of international, up and coming and well-known performers make up the mix of this year’s entries for the 2012 National Waiata Maori Music Awards on the evening of the 14th September. The winner of each category will be announced on the night of the awards ceremony. The ceremony will be recorded by Maori Television for a later date broadcast.
“This year celebrates a milestone of 5 years, which reflects the integrity of the Waiata Maori Music Awards and acknowledgement from Maori composers, musicians and performers and the general public to this major event,” says the Executive Director Mr Tama Huata.
“The support of Te Mangai Paho and Maori Television in televising the awards is also a major contributing factor for exposure to Aotearoa. This years entries come from a diverse range of music which reflects the broadness of where Maori composers, singers and musicians are coming from,” he said.
The finalists are now confirming whether they will appear at the awards ceremony, or nominate a member of their family or management team to represent them at the event.
Among the artists performing this year is performer Tiki Taane, a three time winner in 2011 in three categories: Best Maori Male Solo, Best Song by a Maori Artist and Best Songwriter.
Taane is no stranger to the awards, he won the Radio Record Airplay Of The Year By A Maori Artist Award for his song, Always On My Mind, and the Best Maori Male Solo Artist Award, both in 2008.
“We are very happy with the response from recording artists to the new Reggae genre and the entries reflect this,” Mr Huata says.
The nominated award section was announced earlier this year. The nominated award is for a person who is or has been dedicated to teaching Māori culture in music. There are four nominated sections each year, recognising the contribution people have made to waiata Maori.
This year’s nominated award winners are: Iconic Maori Composers Award, the late Ari Pitama; and Maori Music Industry Award, Billy Karaitiana,