Saturday 30 April 2016, with Melody Thomas
Tigilau Ness is a Niuean New Zealander who protested the Dawn Raids and 1981 Springbok Tour. It's music and family - Che Fu is his son - have carried him through tough times. Trevor Reekie talked to Tigilau about his life of protest, music and social consciousness.
The Sampler - Hollie Smith
Nick Bollinger reviews a homegrown soul voice.
Anointed by Jay Z as a leading light of the UK’s Grime community, Kano is now something of an elder statesman of the scene. Kano’s fifth studio album Made in the Manor sees the proud Eastender transport listeners to his council estate roots – Kano takes us back to where it all started, 86 St Olave’s Road, East Ham.
The Sampler - Joe Blossom
Nick Bollinger reviews Joe Blossom
Auckland-based neo-soul artist Bailey Wiley on her new EP, S.O.M.M. (Still On My Mind), written and recorded over two years between Auckland and Berlin.
Beastwars - The Death Of All Things
Over the last five years Beastwars have cultivated one of the strongest fan bases for any New Zealand group by remembering to obey the riff . Their third release is intriguingly titled The Death Of All Things, Zac Arnold finds out how much truth is in the name.
The Secret Life Of Birth Music Yadana Saw speaks to mothers and midwives, doctors, doulas and dads to find out about the soundtracks that accompany a child’s arrival to the world.
With members formerly in bands like The Subliminals, The Instigators and The Hasselhoff Experiment, avoid! avoid were going to be able to make a racket. But how was it going to sound and what were their intentions behind their debut Particles and Waves? Zac Arnold finds out.