Auckland’s 4th gift to the world: Kiwi music

New Zealand produces some of the most distinctive music and, while the artists may hail from across the land, Auckland’s music scene is invariably the springboard that flips them into the international arena.

Fat Freddy’s Drop and Brooke Fraser (Wellington), Tim and Neil Finn (the Waikato), The Datsuns (Cambridge) and Bic Runga (Christchurch) represent some of the best talent currently touring the world and performing locally.  Together with some longer standing New Zealand greats like Shihad (touring NZ with The Datsuns this summer), Crowded House (with Neil Finn making up the 33% Kiwi content), the dub-reggae-funk outfit The Black SeedsBreaks Co-Op and power popsters Elemeno P, these acts are taking on the world.  Check them out at your local music store, iTunes NZ or Vodafone Music.

Away from the mainstream but equally Kiwi, Auckland also has a massive hip hop scene which draws heavily on the influence of the US East Coast and LA scenes and a growing bhangra audience in the local Indian population.  The cultural and artistic heritage of Auckland’s Pacific Island communities is celebrated and promoted in the thriving annual Pasifika Festival.

It is the unique mix of cultural backgrounds – the Pakeha, the Maori, the Pacific Islander, the Asian – that gives Kiwi music it’s distinctive edge and sound, setting it apart from any other.

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