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
Published with thanks to the Te Karere team