5 Sep 2017

The Kiwi Pacific Records Story

From Upbeat, 1:00 pm on 5 September 2017

For thirty years Tony Vercoe ran Kiwi-Pacific Records until his retirement in 1989.  When he began there was almost no interest in New Zealand music, but he saw the potential and helped develop the careers of artists like Malvina Major, Kiri te Kanawa and Douglas Lilburn along with folk singers like Peter Cape. Kiwi Pacific was also the first to record Maori and Pacific Island music and performers.  98 year old Tony Vercoe has told the story to his nephew Tony Martin through a series of interviews published by Steele Roberts under the title The Kiwi Pacific Records Story.

Dame Kiri te Kanawa

Dame Kiri te Kanawa Photo: Supplied

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