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12:00 APRA Silver Scrolls 2020

On Wednesday night the 55th Annual Silver Scrolls took place. It was a live-streamed award ceremony due to restrictions and the potential effects of Covid19.  

Music 101's Charlotte Ryan showing off her glitter mic flag at the APRA Silver Scrolls

Music 101's Charlotte Ryan showing off her glitter mic flag at the APRA Silver Scrolls Photo: supplied

Click here for full list of winners

Even though there was not a red carpet or a huge formal ceremony, a small group of finalists and music industry gathered at The Powerstation to watch the streamed show. 

Music 101 was lucky enough to be there with a very sparkly RNZ microphone talking to musicians and winners of the night. 

Performances on the night included:

  • Benee, 'Glitter' – performed by Delaney Davidson and The All Girl Big Band

Click play to hear Benee's thoughts on the cover, and how she and her co-writers feel about winning the Silver Scroll. 

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  • Troy Kingi, 'Mighty Invader' – performed by Alien Weaponry

Click play to hear Alien Weaponry talk about their process in covering the song.

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  • Nadia Reid, 'Get The Devil Out' – performed by Neil MacLeod

Click play to hear Nadia Reid's thoughts on the cover.

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  • Reb Fountain, 'Don’t You Know Who I Am' – performed by Disciple Pati
  • L.A.B., 'In The Air' – performed by Mousey

Michael Norris, Mātauranga (Rerenga) – performed by Sam Trevethick, Darren Matthiassen, and Nick Robinson (members of Shapeshifter) with Tiki Taane

Rob Ruha, Ka Mānu – performed by Tomorrow People. 

Click play to hear Rob Ruha's thoughts on winning the Maioha Award. 

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Marlon Williams and friends paying a beautiful tribute to Max Merritt with ‘Slippin away’

It's our pleasure to share with you now some of the performances.

Click here to watch full videos of all performances

1:30 The Sampler 

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce's new album, Letter to You, is his 20th studio album and he told RNZ's Charlotte Ryan on Music 101 that the initial inspiration came from the death of an old friend.

Using a "gorgeous" guitar gifted by a fan, Bruce Springsteen found new songs came pouring out and were recorded with his lifetime companions, the E Street Band, in just five days.

It was also kickstarted by a gesture from one of his fans during the time Bruce was performing his hugely successful one-man stage show, Springsteen on Broadway, which ran for more than a year until December 2018.  

Listen to Charlotte Ryan's interview with 'The Boss' on Music 101 here

Nick Bollinger reviews the new album from 'The Boss' on this segment of The Sampler

Songs played on this segment of The Sampler:

Bruce Springsteen - Burnin' Train    

Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You    

Bruce Springsteen - House of a Thousand Guitars    

Bruce Springsteen - The Power of Prayer    

Bruce Springsteen - Last Man Standing    

Bruce Springsteen - One Minute You're Here    

Bruce Springsteen - I’ll See You in My Dreams    

Bruce Springsteen - If I Was The Priest    

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Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen

Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen Photo: supplied

Ian Morris 

Ian Morris, a founding member of 1970s New Zealand rock band Th' Dudes, died ten years ago this month.

Morris was at school with other well known New Zealand musicians Dave Dobbyn and Peter Urlich.

They became friends and ended up forming Th' Dudes, along with Bruce Hambling and Peter Coleman.

Urlich says Morris was his oldest and dearest friend for the past 43 years and was just as at home with classics, jazz and country music.

After Th' Dudes split up, Morris went on to become a successful producer and record engineer and worked at Marmalade Studios in Wellington.

In 1987 he had a No 1 single with Tex Pistols and The Game of Love. He produced and sang in the cover version of the classic song.

Ian’s family have released a posthumous album A and B and C of D, a solo record completed before his death.  Nick Bollinger reviews the new release on this segment of The Sampler.

Songs played on this segment of The Sampler:

Ian Morris - The Distance Between You and Me    Morris    

Ian Morris - Between the Stirrup and the Ground    

Ian Morris - Nobody Rides For Free    

Ian Morris - Maude    

Ian Morris - Roll Call    

Ian Morris - This Thin Desire   

Ian Morris - Good News  

Ian Morris - It’s Over    

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Ian Morris A and B and C of D album cover

Ian Morris A and B and C of D album cover Photo: supplied

2:15 INTERVIEW: Auckland underground superstars Imugi 이무기​

Imugi 이무기 are duo Carl Ruwhiu and Yery Cho. They released their first EP Vacasian in 2017, a journey into the “diasporic-Asian-girl-psyche” and the healing it takes to go from self-consciousness to self-awareness. Their just-released Dragonfruit EP furthers that narrative.

Carl Ruwhiu and Yery Cho’s music combines late 90s downbeat and trip-hop, smooth synth-pop, and the bounce of modern R&B.

With roots in South Korea and Aotearoa, Imugi 이무기 explore the complex issues that migrant women of colour face, with the goal of embracing multiculturalism and challenging Eurocentric structures.

The duo have played many acclaimed shows, from Laneway, to Rhythm & Vines, as well as supporting acts such as Confidence Man and Cosmo’s Midnight.

Imugi 이무기’s new single ‘Somebody Else’ sparks a new era for Carl and Yery – it’s their first new release this year. The track is taken from their sophomore release, 7-track EP Dragonfruit, which came out yesterday. 

Charlotte Ryan spoke with the pair about their musical journey so far, and how Korean folk tales influence their music. 

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3:00 Introducing Abrezy - The Outliers 

The Outliers is a gritty, unapologetic look at youth from minority backgrounds in New Zealand.  From great adversity comes great strength, so the aim of The Outliers is to search out youth who are the standout, the anomaly or the outlier in their community and in New Zealand.  The Outliers will meet inspirational youth while also exploring the source of most minority success - the community where they come from!

Today, we introduce you to Abid Rahman AKA Abrezy, who is a Bangladeshi born rapper living in Wellington.

Kiwi Concert Party

The Kiwi Concert Party will take place at Auckland's Villa Maria Winery on January 23, 2021, 

Tim Finn, Bic Runga, the Topp Twins, and the Hātea Kapa Haka group are headlining. 

Runga, Finn, and the Topps will perform live on stage together and will also perform each other's songs.

Click here to buy tickets

Kiwi Concert Party Poster

Kiwi Concert Party Poster Photo: supplied

3:30 SongCrush 

Tony is joined by Worlds of Music host Trevor Reekie, and RNZ reporter Eva Corlett, to bring you six brand new tunes.

Songs played on this episode of Songcrush:

Arlo Parks - Green Eyes

Adrianne Lenker - Dragon Eyes

Lontalius - Faint

Vanessa Worm - Bones & Blood

Erika De Casier - No Butterflies, No Nothing

Darren Watson - Ernie Abbott

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This week's crushes

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4:00 The Mixtape: Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia is the musical guise of New Zealand artist and composer James Milne.

He's described his music as "channeling the pop sensibilities of The Kinks’ Ray Davies, and combining them with classic West Coast sunshine pop, together with something altogether more offbeat".

Since the release of his debut album in 2006, Lawrence Arabia has gone on to become a mainstay in the New Zealand music scene, releasing five critically acclaimed albums and a diverse catalog of collaborative work. 

His album Absolute Truth won Best Alternative Album at the 2016 NZ Music Awards, in 2013 he won Best Male Solo Artist after releasing The Sparrow, and in 2009 he won the coveted APRA SIlver Scroll for the song 'Apple Pie Bed', which he wrote alongside The Phoenix Foundation's Luke Buda. 

He talks to Charlotte Ryan about six of his favourite songs and his career as a songwriter.

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Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia Photo: Supplied

Songs played on today's show:


Horomona Horo, Ariana Tikao, Warren Warbrick & Hinewehi Mohi - Karanga

Marlon Williams & Ensemble - Slippin Away

Delaney Davidson - Glitter 

Tomorrow People - Ka Manu

Tiki Taane and Friends -Mātauranga (Rerenga)

Neil MacLeod - Get The Devil Out

Alien Weaponry - Mighty Invader

The Wha Cups' - Calling On

Chris Knox - My Only Friend


Bruce Springsteen  - Letter to you

Nick Cave - Red Right Hand

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins - I Put a spell on you

Donovan - Season of the Witch

RJD2 - Ghostwriter

Greenskeepers - Lotion


Milton DeLugg & The All Stars - The Munsters Theme

 Crowded House - Whatever you want 

The Doors - People are strange 

Marlon Williams - Vampire Again

Bobby ‘Boris’ Picket - Monster Mash

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

Mapura Music – Nothing

Karen O and Willy Nelson - Under Pressure

Herbs - Dragons and Demons 


Tim Finn - Fraction too much Friction

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi’s Dead


A Forest -The Cure

Dead Mans Bones - Pa Pa Power 

Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London 

The Specials - Ghost Town 

Niel Young - Vampire Blues 

Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon 

The Searchers - Love Potion #9