How deep are the roots of Pacific Island culture in New Zealand music? Across the course of an evening hear from some of the key influencers behind this musical journey, accompanied by a special performance from two of Aotearoa’s top acts.
Chaired by Oscar Kightley your expert panel for the evening features godfather of New Zealand Hip Hop Danny "Brotha D" Leaosavai'i from Dawn Raid Entertainment, acclaimed top-selling songstress Annie Crummer, and legendary activist and reggae artist Tigilau Ness. Over the course of an hour the panel will delve into some of the stories behind New Zealand’s vibrant music scene and look at the impact Pacific Island culture has played in creating our unique musical sound.
Following the smart talk, Annie Crummer will be joined on stage by her father Will Crummer, a master singer and encyclopaedia of Polynesian song, for a beautiful and soulful performance that captures the best of both of their songbooks.
Before the talk there will also be a chance to discover ‘Entangled Islands: Sāmoa, New Zealand and the First World War’, an exhibition that opens the door on a little-known part of Sāmoa and New Zealand’s shared history, through a sample of objects and a selection of personal stories and viewpoints, linking the Auckland of today with events that began over 100 years ago.
Catch up on the discussion
Take a look back at what was said on the night using the #AMLateSound hashtag.