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Children’s music awards 2015

'Don't sit under the poo tree' screen grab

FleaBITE has won best album and best video in the 2015 APRA children's music awards. Wallace Chapman talks to FleaBITEr Robyn Nathan.

Winning song for kids

Levity Beet

The APRA Best Children’s Music Song 2015 has been won by Levity Beet for the song ‘There’s One in the Bush’. Here's an archival interview.

K-Pop World Festival

Auckland-based dance crew Ace

K-pop is a musical genre from South Korea which has exploded in popularity throughout Asia and now the rest of the world.

When the Godfather of Soul came to Takapuna

James Brown

Murray Cammick takes us back to 1978 when James Brown touched down on Auckland's North Shore.

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Redaction - Mark Lockett

Drummer Mark Lockett tells us about being thrown in the deep end for an improvisation session with taonga puoro master, Richard Nunns, and turning the resulting soundscape into an album alongside free improvisation exponent and saxophone player, Jeff Henderson.

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

Te Aumihi Hapeta & Reiwhati Heremia - 'Tirama'

Jarrod Dodd, station manager of Whakatane's Tumeke FM introduces 'Tirama' by Te Aumihi Hapeta & Reiwhati Heremia

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

Bespin live at The Kings Arms

When Auckland shoegaze-ists Bespin supported Princess Chelsea at Auckland live music institution, The Kings Arms, they used their opening slot as an opportunity to road-test material from their forthcoming EP. Ahead of its release, Music 101 brings you a recording of that show.

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

K-Pop World Festival 2015

The annual K-POP World festival gives amateur, non-Korean K-pop performers, a chance to compete on a world stage in Changwon. Mava Moayyed meets the 2015 Kiwi K-popper finalists ahead of their onstage showdown.

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

Earl Sweatshirt

Thebe Neruda Kgositsile, better known as Earl Sweatshirt, has one of the sharpest tongues of a new school of West Coast hip hop artists, and he's directed it towards a psychiatry checklist of neuroses on his latest release, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. Sweatshirt talks to Sam Wicks about the album's unflinching introspection.

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

Introducing ENOXDIRTY

ENOXDIRTY show their love for Grey Lynn and share their track "Omar (We Like)"

From Introducing on 01 Aug 2015

Average Rap Band

Ditching the lyrics about string theory and Stephen Hawking that marked their former project, @Peace, Tom Scott and Lui Tuiasau have delivered a palette cleanser in the form of the Stream of Nonsenseness EP, the fruits of their new partnership, Average Rap Band. The newly-formed rap duo talk to Sam Wicks about getting their bars up.

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

Rob Ruha and Maisey Rika

Melody Thomas talks to recording artists Rob Ruha and Maisey Rika on the place of waiata Māori in today's musical landscape, and their Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori video release for the song 'Waiaroha'.

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

Melody Thomas catches up with the analogue-infatuated musical siblings, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, in New Zealand to tour their aptly named third studio release, The Third.

From Radio NZ National Music on 01 Aug 2015

Womad 2015 Live: Che Sudaka, Tahuna Breaks

Hear an interview with and live performance from Spanish based group Che Sudaka. Originally from Columbia and Argentina, the four members of Che Sudaka honed their sound busking on the streets of Barcelona - and 1200 concerts and 41 countries later made their first appearance in New Zealand. Then, a set from Auckland-based funk band Tahuna Breaks who had an appreciative Womad audience up and dancing.

From Radio NZ National Music on 31 Jul 2015

NZ Live - Labretta Suede and The Motel Six

Today on New Zealand Live, a raucous mix of garage-rockabilly and blues courtesy of Labretta Suede and the Motel Six. Back in New Zealand after several years in New York, they're loud and live with Jesse Mulligan.

From New Zealand Live on 31 Jul 2015

Dylan goes Electric

Nick Bollinger talks to author and musician Elijah Wald about the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's electrified appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, an event that shook up the worlds of folk and rock music.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Introducing - ENT

E N T's track T.H.L. from the album Post Traumatic Television

From Introducing on 25 Jul 2015

Troy Kingi - This is Home

DJ Amber Smith from Tai Tokerau's Radio Ngāti Hine talks about Troy Kingi's This is Home

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

APRA Live Performance Return

Not just a content producer for M101, Zac Arnold also performs in Sere. Here he is about to lodge his APRA Live Performance Return and find out whether or not he and his bandmates will be laughing all the way to the bank. [region] Auckland region

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Alien Weaponry

Alien Weaponry are a three-piece heavy rock outfit hailing from rural Northland/ Te Tai Tokerau, and have been the opening act for the likes of Shihad and Devilskin. With an average age of 14, Craig Hayes catches up with band while on tour in the school holidays.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Lawrence Arabia - Lonesome

The 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival pairs Lawrence Arabia and his drummer's side band, the Carnivorous Plant Society, with the 1928 silent romance film, Lonesome. Sophie Wilson catches up with them during rehearsal.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Albert Hammond Jr

Zac Arnold speaks to former Strokes guitartist Albert Hammond Jr about his third solo album Momentary Masters

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

Toni Huata - Matariki - Te Wiki o te Reo

2015 marks 40 years since Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori began. Melody Thomas speaks with Toni Huata about maori language week and the video she'll release this week to mark the occasion.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015


Ahead of his NZ tour, Henry Laufer AKA Shlohmo talks to Tony Stamp about his new sound and his new band.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015


Prince protégé Harts talking to Sam Wicks about the connection he made with His Royal Badness ahead of his Auckland and Wellington shows.

From Radio NZ National Music on 25 Jul 2015

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