6 Aug 2010

Maori musician named as Silver Scroll finalist

8:59 am on 6 August 2010

Pakeha MC and Hip Hop artist Maitreya is a finalist in a national award that celebrates contemporary Maori music.

The artist, who's also known as Jamie Greenslade, grew up in the South Island and says he ended up in a Te Reo class purely by accident.

He told Waatea News that it was not until he was in New York that he realised how the Maori language helped him stand out and do what know one else in New York city could do as an artist.

Greenslade's track Sin City is one of three finalists in next month's Silver Scroll music awards.