This first episode of the popular TVNZ Pasifika youth show is presented by brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupai (aka Adeaze), who are heading back to Samoa to play a post-Tsunami fundraising gig in the village of Lalomanu. Elsewhere, Vela Manusaute hosts Brown’n’around and is MC at Manukau PI festival Strictly Brown, before teaming up with Bella Kololo and Jermaine Leef to judge Fresh talent. Actor Jason Wu gets ready for the premiere of movie Matariki; the Samoan myth of Sina and the eel gets fresh retelling; and Bill Urale (aka King Kapisi) talks tatau.
This bloopers reel from Pasifika youth show Fresh begins with a series of pieces to camera gone wrong: sibling presenters Nainz and Viiz Tupai (Adeaze) get the giggles introducing 'Fresh Games', Laughing Samoan Tofiga Fepulea'i gets his man breasts ready for action, and Pani and Pani get lyrical about raisins. 'Fob Outs' (outtakes set to Outkast’s 'Hey Ya') include Scribe missing a beat, All Black Jerome Kaino getting tongue-tied, choreographer Parris Goebel pulling faces, actors Robbie Magasiva and David Fane mugging for the camera, and Nicole Whippy getting funky.
It’s Samoan Language Week and Tom Natoealofa says “Talofa!” to kick off Tagata Pasifika's Aotearoa award-nominated coverage of the 2011 Polynesian Blue Pacific Music Awards. Natoealofa co-hosts with Angela Tiatia, from the TelstraClear Pacific (now Vodafone) Events Centre in Manukau. The awards honour everything from gospel to urban. Nesian Mystik take out a trifecta including the big one, and Ladi 6 also wins. In the last clip Annie Crummer picks up a Lifetime Achievement gong, and the Ponsonby Methodist Church Choir perform her song ‘See What Love Can Do’.
A group of leading NZ musicians (including Goldenhorse's Kirsten Morrell, Che Fu, Anika Moa, Pluto's Milan Borich, Adeaze, Hinewehi Mohi and Nesian Mystik's David Atai and Donald McNulty) combined to record a one off single to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour on July 10th 1985. They covered ‘Anchor Me’, a song written by Don McGlashan and recorded with his band The Mutton Birds on their Salty album in 1993 (with the cause and project supported by McGlashan).
Soul/r’n’b singer Aaradhna was born in Wellington of Samoan/Indian descent. She made her recording debut in 2004 with Adeaze on chart topping single ‘Getting Stronger’. Her solo album I Love You was released by label Dawn Raid in 2006, and spawned two top five singles. Covers album Sweet Soul Music followed, and then Treble and Reverb (2012) — an album of 60s girl group-influenced originals conceived while living in Romania — and Brown Girl (2016), a reponse to those who try to put her in a box.