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Te Karere - Dennis Marsh interview

Television (Excerpts) – 2011

In 2011 entertainer Dennis Marsh had lots to celebrate, as seen in this interview for te reo news show Te Karere. His self-funded album Māori Songbook debuted at number one and remained in the Kiwi pop charts for a total of 26 weeks, beating out the likes of Tiki Taane and Britney Spears. Māori Songbook became Aotearoa's second biggest album of 2011; Marsh also won the NZ Country Music Legend Award and was inducted into the Golden Guitar Awards Hall of Fame. Māori Songbook is a selection of te reo Māori favourites like 'Pokarekare Ana', 'The Bridge' and Prince Tui Teka classic 'E Ipo'.

It's us, it's Māori and I think to myself 'well, how can a Māori album take first place on the charts'. But it can and it has, and I'm proud of it.
– Musician Dennis Marsh on his number one album Māori Songbook