4 Feb 2017

The Mixtape: Tigilau Ness

From RNZ Music
Tigilau Ness

Tigilau Ness Photo: Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Tigilau Ness is one of Aotearoa’s leading exponents of reggae music. He was one of the founders of the group 12 Tribes of Israel in the 1970s.

In 2009 he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pacific Music Awards and under the name Unity Pacific, he won Best Roots Album at the New Zealand Music Awards last year.

Tigi has also been a political activist for most of his life – he was a founder of the Polynesian Panthers.

Alongside all of this, he’s been a mentor to many young musicians, including his son Che (Fu).

Tigilau Ness with Music 101's Tony Stamp

Tigilau Ness with Music 101's Tony Stamp Photo: Claire Eastham-Farrelly

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  • Music details

    Artist: Aaradhna
    Song: Could You Be Loved
    Composer: Bob Marley
    Album: Stir It Up
    Label: Universal

    Artist: Bob Marley
    Song: Redemption Song
    Composer: Bob Marley
    Album: Uprising
    Label: Island

    Artist: Tommy Nee
    Song: Feel, Colorblind
    Composer: Tommy Nee
    Album: Colorblind
    Label: Global Prosperity

    Artist: Che Fu
    Song: Hold Tight, Fade Away
    Composer: Che Ness
    Album: Navigator
    Label: Sony