Assembled for the song ‘Long White Cloud’, the team behind the unofficial Rio 2016 Kiwi anthem included a host of talented Kiwi musicians. The band was led by blind vocalists Cam Dawson and Natalie Te Paa, with help from former Checks guitarist Callum Martin and singer Leza Corban (Strawpeople). The song was composed by Paul Fitzgerald. Behind the scenes, a number of in-demand session musicians made up the rest of the band. Former Split Enz bandmates Mike Chunn and Eddie Rayner manage and mix respectively.
Made for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, this video mixes Kiwi landscapes with images of disabled athletes and performers, showing what they are capable of. The song’s lead vocalists, Natalie Te Paa and Cam Dawson, are both blind. Helping out behind the scenes are Callum Martin (The Checks), Leza Corban (Strawpeople) and ex-Split Enz members Eddie Rayner and Mike Chunn. As well as being an unofficial anthem for the Rio Olympics, the song aims to raise awareness of the 25% of New Zealanders who live with some form of disability.