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Dalvanius Prime - Give It A Whirl Interview

Interview – 2022

This interview with music legend Dalvanius Prime (Tainui, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Ruanui, Tūwharetoa, Ngā Rauru, Pakakohi, Ngāi Tahu) focuses on his life and love for te reo, and the relationship between language and music. 

It was filmed for TV series Give It A Whirl, before Prime passed away in October 2002. He covered many topics, including: 

  • Te reo hit 'Poi E' jumping to number one
  • International influences on Māori artists and music (11 minutes in)
  • Māori role models in the music industry (19 minutes in)
  • Working with Prince Tui Teka,  Ngoi Pēwhairangi and Tina Turner's manager Roger Davies (20 minutes)
  • Breaking down barriers with 'Poi E' (42 minutes)
  • Being an advocate for Māori artists and musicians (67 minutes)

Read more about Dalvanius Prime, on AudioCulture (NZ On Screen's sister website)

This interview was recorded for the 2003 season of TV series Give it a Whirl. All audiovisual content is copyright to Visionary Film & TV, and may not be reproduced.
The star is the Māori language, first and foremost.
– Dalvanius Prime on the importance of te reo in his music (6 minutes into this interview)