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  • Mongo Skato ( 13′ 25″ )

    From hardcore to experimental house, Mongo Skato talks us through his musical progression.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 20 Dec 2014

  • The Life and Times of Johnny Thunders ( 15′ 38″ )

    Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38, was the iconic guitarist for the New York Dolls and later the Heartbreakers, bands that would influence the English punk movement and a score of LA hair metal bands - despite being marginalised by the industry. Trevor Reekie talks to Nina Antonia, long-time friend of Thunders and author of Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood, about the life and hard times of a rock 'n' roll icon.

    From Access All Areas on 20 Dec 2014

  • Introducing: Taste Nasa ( 5′ 38″ )

    Taste Nasa, a.k.a. Leroy Clampitt introduces his song 'I'd Like To Be Your Girl'.

    From Introducing on 20 Dec 2014

  • D'Angelo - Black Messiah ( 28′ 50″ )

    After a 14-year absence, D'Angelo - the great soul vocalist and multi-instrumentalist music critic Robert Christgau dubbed "R&B Jesus" - is finally back on the scene with Black Messiah, an album that dropped with little warning this week. With only a handful of days to digest its soul, funk and R&B contents, drummer, beatmaker and D'Angelo-phile Riki Gooch talks to Emma Smith about the significance of this Second Coming.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 20 Dec 2014

  • NZ Live - Miho Wada ( 40′ 47″ )

    A group which truly defies genre description. 2014 has been a very busy year for them with the release of two albums and an EP. They are on tour too, over Christmas and New Year, to a favorite part of the country for them. Welcome to Miho Wada and Miho's Jazz Orchestra.

    From Afternoons on 19 Dec 2014

  • Julian Temple Band ( 10′ 48″ )

    After touring his fourth album, Upsidedownbackwards, through his native California in 2013, Julian Temple and his family left their beachside home in Dunedin to try living in the USA.Now based in Dunedin again, Anthonie Tonnon asks Julian Temple what brought him back.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 13 Dec 2014

  • The Secret Life of Instrument Repair ( 25′ 09″ )

    Like most musicians, The Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Scott has a lot of broken musical equipment. Getting vintage gear fixed (or more broken) can be a long, confusing, heart-breaking journey into the homes of part-time electronics nerds and soldering geniuses. Samuel Scott investigates the secret world of instrument repair.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 13 Dec 2014

  • Nadia Reid - Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs ( 9′ 28″ )

    We speak to Port Chalmers born singer-songwriter Nadia Reid, who has just released her debut album Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 13 Dec 2014

  • Lonnie Holley - A North American Original ( 14′ 05″ )

    From Birmingham, Alabama, Lonnie Holley is a self-taught visual artist and musician. In his 64 years, Holley has overcome grinding poverty to pursue his art, and now his idiosyncratic improvised music is being championed by a growing legion of musicians, fans and critics. Midway through a North American tour with Daniel Lanois, Trevor Reekie tracks down Holley and his manager Matt Arnett.

    From Access All Areas on 13 Dec 2014

  • Red Bull Music Academy: Tokyo 2014 ( 15′ 01″ )

    For the last 16 years, the world-travelling Red Bull Music Academy has served as a wellspring of inspiration and rite of passage for countless emerging musicians from across the globe. Late last month Martyn Pepperell attended the academy, held this year in Tokyo's storied Shibuya district. He walks us through a day in the life of the academy, speaking with participants and staff along the way.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 13 Dec 2014

  • Introducing: Mzwètwo ( 4′ 24″ )

    Mzwètwo introducing his new song Don't Think Twice.

    From Introducing on 13 Dec 2014

  • RZA - Wu Tang Clan ( 14′ 06″ )

    More than 20 years have passed since Wu-Tang Clan released Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), but their grimy, game-changing debut still resonates today. Wu-Tang's de-facto leader RZA talks to Emma Smith about the ups and downs of pulling the clan back together, and why their latest album A Better Tomorrow may be their last.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 13 Dec 2014

  • Womad Taranaki 2015 Preview ( 53′ 28″ )

    The annual Womad Taranaki Festival is a family friendly music event with an emphasis on discovery of music, culture, language, costume and cuisine held at the beautiful Brooklands Park in New Plymouth. Trevor Reekie introduces a selection of the International and lucky local artists heading to the festival and has a look behind the scenes with the newly appointed Artistic Director, Emere Wano.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 12 Dec 2014

  • NZ Live - Macombee and The Absolute Truth ( 39′ 08″ )

    New Zealand Live today with West Auckland band, Macombee and the Absolute Truth.

    From Afternoons on 12 Dec 2014

  • Introducing: Hey Frankie ( 6′ 53″ )

    Jess Palmer introduces her band Hey Frankie, and their song 'Out Of My Hands' from the EP Guess Who.

    From Introducing on 06 Dec 2014

  • Natural NZ Festival ( 12′ 06″ )

    The Natural Music Festival is the largest 100% New Zealand music affair outside of New Zealand. This year saw a reunited Scribe and P-Money, Dave Dobbyn, Shapeshifter and Anika Moa play to ex-pat music lovers in Perth and Brisbane. Nights producer Robyn Rockgirl Walker checked out the Brisbane edition, on a mission to unearth even one Australian among the Brisbane-based Kiwi crowd.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 06 Dec 2014

  • The Secret Life Of Music Royalties ( 24′ 12″ )

    Recently Iggy Pop delivered a lecture on BBC Radio called 'Free Music in a Capitalist Society', in which he lambasted record companies for screwing musicians into penury. If the "computer Putins" had their way, he argued, he'd be tending bars between sets to support himself. Julie Hill looks into music royalties in New Zealand: who gets how much and for what, where the money's coming from and what are the alternatives.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 06 Dec 2014

  • Kane Strang live at Roseneath Long Hall ( 17′ 36″ )

    Heavy-hearted Dunedin singer songwriter Kane Strang, recorded live at his debut Wellington show at the Roseneath Long Hall, November 15th, 2014.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 06 Dec 2014

  • Dictaphone Blues - Mufti Day ( 13′ 02″ )

    Dictaphone Blues' Edward Castelow wrote, recorded and mixed almost every instrument on his new album, Mufti Day. He also developed a sound which blended vintage analog gear with modern mixing equipment. Castelow chats with Anthonie Tonnon.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 06 Dec 2014

  • Tesla Coil Music ( 10′ 27″ )

    Melody Thomas reports on the strange sights and sounds coming from Victoria University of Wellington, where she finds three musical Tesla Coils, a robotic backing band, and some very clever people making magic happen behind the scenes.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 06 Dec 2014

  • The Sampler: TV On The Radio, Seeds ( 10′ 20″ )

    Nick Bollinger listens to the sonic daring and pop ambitions of TV On The Radio's latest record, Seeds.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 06 Dec 2014


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The Ukulele

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As our Pacific paradise heads towards more tropical weather we focus on the humble ukulele.

in The Secret Life of The Ukulele Musician Karl Steven investigates the toddler of stringed instruments, exploring its past, present, and future, with particular attention to its unique place here in the South Pacific.

In Global Sounds - Ukuleles Megan Collins explores all the places this most-travelled instrument has ended up.

The ubiquitous instrument has made something of a comeback here in recent years, in large part due to Play it Strange Trust CEO Mike Chunn's campaign to replace the recorder with the ukulele as the first instrument taught in schools. Here Mike Chunn and some young friends play the ukulele live on Nine to Noon.

Ukulele lessons in the Radio New Zealand collection include:

Music 101's Kirsten Johnstone has an on-air ukulele lesson with Mike Dickison, author of Kiwi Ukulele.

Standing Room Only's Lynn Freeman joins the Wellington Community Choir's ukulele class.

A  combination ukulele and Te reo Māori class at Hau Ariki Pa in Martinborough.

The Ukulele is a community-friendly instrument, and on any given weekend, you will most likely be able to find a ukulele band or even a ukulele orchestra playing somewhere.

In Thames Stewart Taipari teaches the Ukulele and is a founding member of Ukes on Fire.

Palmerston North recently had a festival dedicated to the little instrument, with concerts, church services and even an art exhibition.

and in Christchurch's New Brighton, a suburb that's been a little down on its luck after the quakes, the Friday night ukelele jam keeps the community humming.

The New Zealand Ukulele Festival takes place in late November in Auckland.


The beauty of the Uke is that it is relatively easy to learn, and sounds great in a group. Here are some performances from our collection

WIUO with Kim Hill Sat Nov

Kim Hill was joined by the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra who played some favorite tunes and shared photos of their recent tour of China and Japan.

Dent May from Mississippi charmed us with his showmanship and gorgeous voice at Camp A Low Hum 2010.

Auckland band The Nukes play a session for NZ Live on Afternoons with SImon Mercep

San Franciscan Uni and her Ukulele spend a day chasing rainbows and unicorns around Auckland.

Canadian uke master James Hill and cellist Anne Davison play for Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon.

Beyond music, the Ukulele's place in popular culture includes children's stories like Iris’s Ukulele by Kathy Taylor and art  such as 30 Ukulele 30 Artists where artists transformed instruments for an exhibition in Northland.