In 2011 entertainer Dennis Marsh had lots to celebrate, as seen in this interview for te reo news show Te Karere. He talks about his self-funded album Māori Songbook, which 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 discusses the importance of passing songs onto the next generation — songs like te reo Māori favourites 'Pokarekare Ana' and Prince Tui Teka classic 'E Ipo'. Press on the 'CC' symbol at the bottom of the screen to find translated te reo subtitles.
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