12:20 INTERVIEW: Moana Maniapoto​

Moana (Ngāti Tuwharetoa and Tuhourangi, Ngāti Pikiao), a musician, writer and documentary-maker, rose to prominence in the 90s with her band The Moahunters (later The Tribe) and is one of the world's most successful Māori musicians.

Her passion for te reo has driven her to create multiple award winning bodies of work. Her song ‘Moko’ won the grand prize at the 2003 International Songwriting competition, in 2004 she was appointed as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Maori and music, she’s the Life Time recipient of the Toi Iho Māori Made Mark and in 2005 won Te Tohu Mahi Hou a Te Waka Toi Award from Te Waka Toi. 

With this many honors and awards under her belt, it’s no surprise Moana is still just as passionate about indiginous language as ever. The latest single from her band Moana & The Tribe, ‘TŌKU REO’, features Taiwanese singer Inka Mbing from the Atayal tribe, one of 16 indigenous tribe in Taiwan. The song honors the importance of all native languages. 

Charlotte Ryan talked with Moana about her career, her passions and her new music.

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Moana Maniapoto

Moana Maniapoto Photo: Supplied by www.moananz.com

1:00 INTERVIEW: Ana Scotney On Her New Project KŌTIRO

Actress, writer, director, and musician Ana Scotney is a familiar face. She starred as Angel on Shortland Street, Sepa in The Breaker Uppers, and Sheena the she-wolf in What We Do In The Shadows spin-off Wellington Paranormal. Ana is of Māori (Tūhoe), German, Jewish and Irish descent and is a proficient speaker of Te Reo. But her list of talents doesn’t stop there, Ana is also a guitar and piano player as well as a dancer. 

She has just released ‘Forcefield’ from her upcoming EP Multinational (due out later this year) .The song incorporates modern beatboxing and Ana’s amazing voice to create a vibrant cross between sound art and music. The accompanying video is about death, then getting up and trying again. 

Charlotte Ryan spoke to Ana about her new project and stepping out of her acting zone and into her music zone. 

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1:30 The Sampler with Nick Bollinger 

This week in The Sampler Nick Bollinger discusses the quietly instructive narratives of Bill Callahan; songs of lost innocence from The Flaming Lips; and the history-steeped rock’n’roll of Chuck Prophet.

Bill Callahan 

American singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Callahan has been making music for 30 years. From 1990 - 2005 he released music under the name Smog, but since 2007 has been releasing music under real name. His early music was instrumental and highly experimenta, but over the years Bill has shifted his focus to more lyrical work. His latest album Gold Record came out earlier this month. Nick Bollinger reviews the new album on this weeks episode of The Sampler.

Songs played on this segment of The Sampler:

Bill Callahan - Pigeons    

Bill Callahan - The McKenzies    

Bill Callahan - Cowboy    

Bill Callahan - Protest Song    

Bill Callahan - Ry Cooder    

Bill Callahan - Let’s Move To The Country    

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Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan Photo: Hanly Banks Callahan via Drag City

The Flaming Lips 

Grammy Award winning rock band The Flaming Lips have been turning out music since 1983. Their music has been used in movies and TV shows and accumulated many accolades including (fekubns)

Their 16th album American Head was released on September 11th. Nick Bollinger reviews the new project on this weeks episode on The Sampler.

Songs played on this segment of The Sampler:

The Flaming Lips - Brother Eye    

The Flaming Lips - Will You Return    

The Flaming Lips - You ’n’ Me Sellin’ Weed    

The Flaming Lips - Mother I've Taken LSD    

The Flaming Lips -Mother Please Don’t Be Sad    

The Flaming Lips -When I Die…    

The Flaming Lips -God and the Policeman    

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The Flaming Lips

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2pm LIVE: APRA Miaoha Award Finalists 

The Maioha Award is presented as part of the Silver Scroll songwriting awards.

Compiled by Andre Upston a selection of live performances from the Maioha Finalists recorded over the last couple of years at the Silver Scroll music awards

This recording was taken during last years ceremony at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Wednesday, October 2019. 

The award recognises the art of contemporary Māori songwriting and honours composers who are telling their stories in the language of Te Ao Māori.

Past winners include Ria Hall, Alien Weaponry and Rob Ruha.

1.Tama Waipara & the University of AK Percussion Ensemble and guests - Ruaumoko (M. Rikka / T. Maxwell / M. Bridgman-Cooper)

2. Nga Takere Nu o Nga Waka with the Silver Scrolls Marching Band -  Aotearoa (V. Harder / Stan Walker / Troy Kingi)

3. Sherydon Ngaropo & the AK Youth Choir - Ka Ao (Tyna Keelan)

4. Electric Wire Hustle - Tiki Tapu” (Rob Ruha)

5. Sandy Mill - Ko Koe” (T. Keelan)

6. TEEKS with Nga Tumanaka Kapahaka Group - Te Ahi Kai Po” ( R. Hall)

Angelique Te Rauna, Mara TK, Aro and Kaaterama

Angelique Te Rauna, Mara TK, Aro and Kaaterama Photo: Supplied

2:40 Riki Gooch and Alister Fraser 

Founding Trinity Roots drummer Riki Gooch had a fruitful lockdown period. The percussionist who has worked with Bic Runga, Ria Hall and Fat Freddys Drop just released an album that features taonga puoro player Alistair Fraser. Riki has also composed a bush walk sound installation called ‘Forest Human Forest’ for experimental arts collective Pyramid Club.

On their walk around Piki Ki Maupuia on Wellington’s Miramar peninsula, Riki and Alistair talk to Yadana Saw about how lockdown was the right time to make Rangatira, an album for a lost friend.

Here’s Riki leading the walk.

And just a warning that this interview deals with grief and suicide

Rangatira: Riki Gooch and Al Fraser

Rangatira: Riki Gooch and Al Fraser Photo: supplied

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3:00 INTRODUCING: Prof Tahi 

Hawkes Bay rapper Prof Tahi (Paora Hawea) has been writing raps since he was 12 years old. Using music as a tool for self-reflection, his discography follows his journey as a “half-cast” (Pākehā/Māori ) person growing up and living in Aotearoa. Music 101 producer Evie Orpe talked with him about toxic masculinity, his arrest, and his new venture incorporating te reo into his music.

Stream Prof Tahi here

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Prof Tahi

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3:30 Songcrush

This week Tony Stamp is joined by pop musician Theia and the editor of the Spinoff’s Ātea channel, Leonie Hayden, to play some of their favourite te reo songs, including Ria Hall, Prince Tui Teka, SoccerPractise and more.  

Songs on this episode on Songcrush:

The Yoots - E Papa Waiari

St Josephs Māori Girls College - Hine

SoccerPractise -  Kaua E Mate Wheke

Dudley Benson - Pungawerewere

Deluxe Project - Rona

Ria Hall - Te Kawa O Te Riri

Prince Tui Teka - E Ipo

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This week's selections

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4.00 The Mixtape: Hinewehi Mohi

In 1999 Hinewehi Mohi made history at the Rugby World Cup when she performed the New Zealand national anthem in te reo Māori. Twenty years on, she's making history again with a new album that includes some of Aotearoa's most beloved pop songs, translated into Māori.

Waiata / Anthems features well-known tracks from Bic Runga, Six60, Drax Project, Stan Walker and more, all beautifully translated into te reo Māori with the help of Sir Tīmoti Kāretu, one of NZ's greatest living Māori orators.

Hinewehi joined RNZ Music's Yadana Saw to share some of her favourite songs and discuss why she chose to sing in Māori that day at Twickenham.

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Songs played on this weeks episode:

Toots and the Maytals - Funky Kingston

Anna Coddington - Blue Smoke

Moana & The Tribe - TŌKU REO

Chic - Le Freak

David Bowie - Let's Dance

Love Square - Sonido Amazonicas 

Deryk - Good Times

Van Morrison - Sweet Thing

Coco Solid (Cokez) - Crop That Back

KŌTIRO - Force field

Troy Kingi - Ethiopia

Mama Cass Elliot - Dream a little Dream

Cat Power - The Greatest 

The Go! Team - Cookie Scene

Ria Hall - Owner

Leisure - Lonely Nights

Half Cast - Prof Tahi 

Tama Waipara & Maisey Rika - East Coast Moon

Doves - Prisoners