30 Jan 2021

Oscar Kightley: the story of Dawn Raid records

From Saturday Morning, 10:30 am on 30 January 2021

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Oscar Kightley

Oscar Kightley Photo: supplied

Dawn Raid, a new feature length documentary film, tells the story of the rise and fall (and eventual rebirth) of the influential New Zealand record label.

Founders Andy Murane and Tanielu Leaosavai'i (aka Brotha D) turned their bootleg T-shirt business and hip-hop night at an Otara bar into an entertainment empire.

Dawn Raid Entertainment was responsible for launching Savage, Aaradhna and Adeaze.

The film is directed by Samoan-born New Zealand actor and comedian Oscar Kightley.

He is a founder of comedy group The Naked Samoans, whose members are behind the hit TV animation series bro’Town.

Kightley also acted in and co-wrote the popular 2006 film Sione's Wedding.

Dawn Raid premiered last week and is now on general release across the country.