30 Nov 2011

Laureate for soul singer

9:16 am on 30 November 2011

Maori soul singer Whirimako Black has won an award worth $50,000 at the Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards.

The national Arts Awards were held on Tuesday night at the Viaduct Event Centre in Auckland.

Black and several others won the Laureate Awards, which honour artists who have established careers. Each recipient received $50,000 in that category.

Black is a veteran Te Reo songstress who's produced many albums including jazz in the Maori language.