Thursday, 23 June 2016

Supergroove ~ unleash that energy!

One way and another it's been a tough week, and my mood has rather fitted this darkest time of the year.  However, on the way home one evening, in the dark and rain I heard Supergroove's recording, "You gotta know" (1993) and my spirits lifted.  I had not heard the song before and it had just the right mix of rough-with-the-smooth backed by a driving beat that fitted how I was feeling, and helped me bust out of my tired and defeated state of mind.  When I got home I looked it up to see who it was by and, once again, I found that it was a New Zealand group!  So many of the pieces I've featured in this collection have turned out to be local!  Yay, Supergroove!

Of the two videos featured in this article I've placed "Can't get enough" (1994) first as the video is a gem and I prefer it to the one for "You gotta know", which could perhaps best be described as energetic and letting off steam.  The music is much better than that but essentially that was the effect it had on me.

These recordings may have been released quite a while ago, but sound as contemporary as anything I know of.

'Can't get enough':

'You gotta know':

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Tiki Taane ~ 'Tangaroa, God of the sea' ~ calling to the deeps

My regard for Tiki Taane continues to grow.  In this recording he boldly performs what most would hesitate to share: the dramatisation of a spiritual connection between himself, the sea, and what I am guessing are the spirits of his tribe.  It is a chant of considerable power, a call to the deeps with fierce and elemental energy.

I heard this on the radio when I was relaxing in my car, taking a break with a sandwich and a cuppa on my way from one destination and another.  My attention was immediately caught.  

Once I knew what it was about I imagined the early Maori warriors paddling their great canoes out in the ocean in rythym with that vigorous chant.  They would need to call up great energy to match the power of the sea, and the chant certainly taps into that.

Looking at the video I can see that the story has a somewhat different slant, powerful in a different way and even more compelling.  It is a masterful production, and as with so many other such videos I'd like to see more end-of-film credits to those involved in it.

Thank you, Tiki Taane, for this courageous recording, and to Tahu FM for giving it air time.

Readers who enjoy this may also like to watch his video of 'Nana's song', another very personal recording, this time about his grandmother:

Ria Hall, who sings with him, has an amazing voice.  She also performs in Stan Walkers video, 'Aotearoa', which is featured in another of my articles, which you can find by clicking on the link below:
Maisey Rika, who also performs with Stan Walker in that video, performs her own very different song about Tangaroa here:
It is a beautiful song about the God of the sea and the importance of caring for all the creatures that live in the waters.

Tiki Taane features in an earlier article of mine, singing with Jayson Norris, a happy song which you can find by clicking on the link below:
I have enjoyed getting to know the music of these amazingly talented musicians, through the work they do together.  What do they have in common?  They are all Maori!  Ataahua!

You can find out more about Tiki Taane at his site here:

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

J Williams with Brooke Duff ~ 'Piece of me'

J Williams, what a beautiful piece this is!  The duet with Brooke Duff is great, but for me it's the dancing that makes it so remarkable and memorable - beautifully choreographed and performed piece, and admirably filmed.  But who is the exquisite and highly accomplised dancer who partners J Williams? 

This is yet another demonstration of the remarkable musical and performing arts talent here in New Zealand.

Thanks once more to NZ On Air for backing them.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Ryan Enzed ~ 'Crawling' ~ featuring Sahara Skye ~ Wow!

What a fabulous video, Ryan Enzed ...

I've always been a dance fan but didn't realise how amazing body painting could be!  The bodies of the dancers seem to have a new freedom in their paint-wear; a different sort of dignity and beauty from what we commonly see, as well as classiness!

Thanks to NZ On Air for the funding that made this possible.  

I would like to know more about Ryan, Sahara and the other dancers and artists...  There doesn't seem to be much about them on the web at this time.

MAALA ~ 'Kind of love' ~ song out now

I was delighted to hear this new song by MAALA on the radio the other day and instantly recognised his voice:

Yay, MAALA, I've been a big fan of yours right from the beginning, when I heard you sing 'Blackbird'!

And thanks George FM for giving it air time, my most listened-to radio station!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Katy B ~ 'Crying for no reason'

Katy B has a beautiful singing voice and it's a catchy song beautifully performed  A stunning light show features in this video, which I have enjoyed each time I've gone back to it.  However, it won't be everyone's cup of tea as it features flashing lights which may cause mental distress or migraine in some viewers.  I'm normally unable to watch this sort of thing, but find this one compelling, especially the closing sequence.      

My only disappointment is that the video doesn't include credits to the other musicians and light show experts who made this so impressive.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Skiing sensation at night ~ lightsuits down the mountains ~ "Afterglow" by Philips Ambilight TV

This stunning spectacle is a triumph of art, athletics, snow and commerce.  There are a number of versions of it.  The Lightsuit Segment is my favourite.  It features the recording of "My Silver Lining" by the Swedish sister duo 'First Aid Kit' - an unexpected but delightful pairing of sight and sound.

Those light suits are a stroke of brilliance - both literally and figuratively!  And to describe the ski-ing as 'death-defying' is no exaggeration.  The amount of research, planning and co-ordination that would have gone into it must have been immense.

If you enjoy the sound track scroll to the bottom of this article for their own video of their song and more about the duo.  

For me the making of the film is just as fascinating as the film itself.  You can see a little about it in the video below.  I'd very much like to see a full-length documentary about it!

Here is the full movie - with commentary:

... And another short version with no commentary:

The skiing stars of "Afterglow" are:

And the film was produced by:
Producer: Mike Brown
Location: Alaska  / Alyeska

Here is a look at some more death-defying extreme skiing on comparable Alaskan slopes, this time in daylight:

The featured skiers are: Ian McIntosh and Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

Even the greatest athletes can make mistakes and accidents occur:  In the article below you can read about a fall Ian McIntosh took on one such 'run'.  Before you read or watch further, I'll reassure you that he came through unscathed:

Back to a more stable and familiar world:
First Aid Kit is a Swedish sister duo, Johanna Soderberg and Klara Soderberg.  Here is their own video of their song "My Silver Lining":

The track is from their album "Lion's roar", which I have in my own collection.

Stan Walker ~ "Aotearoa" ~ ataahua = beautiful!

What a joyful song "Aotearoa" is - and a stunning video of New Zealand landscapes and people!  It represents much about New Zealand that I love and am proud of. 

Stan Walker composed the song with producer Vince Harder and launched it in Maori Language week, 2014.  You can read about it in this Scoop article:

I know that many of you are going to want to sing along so here are the lyrics:

Along with Stan are other fine performers.  You can see a more of their music in the links below:
  • Ria Hall features in this song of Tiki Taane's called 'Nana's song', so named for reasons that he describes before the performance.  I find it very moving, and suggest that if you're losing faith in humanity this video will bring you back.  Tiki Taane also features in another of performance listed in this Chronicle, performing "Save my soul" with Jayson Norris.
  • Troy Kingi sings "True Love": This is a favourite cheer-me-up video!  Troy performs it somewhat impeded by actually singing while an extraordinarily deft barber gives him a transformational hair cut - Well done Troy and an equal round of applause to the barber! 
I've been a fan of Stan's for some time now, as you can read in my two previous articles about him:
You can read more about Stan here:

Lyrics to "Aotearoa":


Nō tawhiti, nō tata
nō te whenua o te Atua tātou
ahakoa nō hea mai koe
ka whawhai tonu mātou mōu


Ko au tō maunga, tū tonu
ko te moana pari mai koe
ko koe te awa i taku remu, ko tāua anō tāua
nō te one i Kurawaka, hei tiaki i te whenua nei


Aotearoa, he iwi kaha tātou,
he mana tuku iho mai anō
whenua haumako
wairua ora
whāia tō ara
ki te mutunga



He kōrero tō te whenua, heke mai ki a tātou
he toa au mōna e oke nei e
e kore au e hinga
he uri nō te roimata
te toto o ngā tūpuna
e kore au e wehi ē


Kia kaha tātou ki tāu i pai ai
Whakatinana, kaua e ngutu noa
Whenua haumako, wairua ora
whāia tō ara ki te mutunga



E Ihowa atua
o ngā iwi mātou rā
āta whakarongona
me aroha noa
kia hua ko te pai
kia tau tō atawhai
manaakitia mai

Nō tawhiti, nō tata
nō te whenua o te Atua tātou
ahakoa nō hea mai koe
ka whawhai tonu mātou mōu

Feel inspired to start learning Maori?  You can do it right away exactly where you are - with the Toku Reo video series.  It starts with basic pronounciation and greetings, and over the following lessons extends to more complex language:

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Benny Tipene ~ 'Good Man' is great!

Benny Tipene, what a great track!  This is as good as anthing I have heard for a long time.

I have already listened to two of his other tracks and will definitely be listening to more by this New Zealander.  This man should be a household name!

And a very classy dance act as you will see if you watch the video - the boy reminds me of a young relative of mine.  Oh, these young people!  Hats off to you both.

Thanks to Tahu FM for airing it!

MAALA ~ 'Touch' ~ magical

Magic!  When I first saw this video of MAALA I immediately recognised the voice of Evan Sinton, who was my favourite contestant in the 2012 season of New Zealand's Got Talent.  I am delighted that he is continuing to enrich the world with his music.  

For me there is always a sense of him singing from some intense inner place.  It's special.  

I have watched those NZGT recordings many times.  He sang very much his own versions of "Blackbird" by the Beatles, "I put a spell on you" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, and "Bang Bang" by Sony Bono.  They are strangely moving, and in their way remarkable, and I fully agree with Jason Kerrison who, as a judge on the panel, expressed the opinion that if Evan did an album of classic songs it would become a classic.  

MAALA, I hope you remember this and treat us to it one day.  In the meantime it's great to hear you developing your own style.  Long may it continue!

You can find the interview "The Wireless" did with MAALA here:
I have previously mentioned Jason Kerrison here:

Justice Crew ~ 'Que sera'

Justice Crew: herewith an upbeat and accomplished performance of a cheerful song.  Just what we need.  I've watched it a lot.

Feel more like partying?  Let see some (more) of those hot moves!  Away we go:

Woow, nice one Justice Crew.  (And kia ora, Samson, a handsome Maori face always draws the eye!)

You can read more about them here:

Jarryd James ~ 'Do you remember'

In this track Australian musician Jarryd James gives us a thoughtful and quietly compelling song with a memorable black and white video that matches it beautifully in style and rythym.

For me it brings to mind the sincerity, vulnerability and tenderness of young love.  Deservedly a winner in the Best Pop Release category of the 2015 ARIA Music Awards.  Nice one, Jarryd!