Monthly Archives: September 2016

APRA Silver Scrolls Awards 2016 @ Vector Arena : 29 Sep 2016


The Silver Scroll Award is New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting award, recognising outstanding achievement in the craft of songwriting.

Since it was established in 1965, the Silver Scroll Award has passed through the hands of some of New Zealand’s most well loved and celebrated songwriters. Past winners include Ray Columbus, Hammond Gamble, Shona Laing, Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, Don McGlashan, Neil Finn, Chris Knox, Brooke Fraser, James Milne & Luke Buda, Aaron Young, Alisa Xayalith & Thom Powers (The Naked And Famous), Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde) & Joel Little and Tami Neilson.

As the only peer voted music award in New Zealand, the APRA Silver Scroll Award provides a unique opportunity for songwriters to recognise outstanding achievement by their peers.  A panel of prominent APRA members narrow all entries to the awards down to a Top 20, which are then voted on by APRA’s 10,000 members. The votes cast by APRA’s wider membership determine the winner of the Silver Scroll Award, as well as the five finalists.

The 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards will be held on Thursday 29th September at Vector Arena in Auckland.

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Super Soul Revue with Aaradhna, Tyra & the Tornadoes, Estère and the Hipstamatics @ The Powerstation : 23 Sep 2016

super_soul_revue_a3_this_friFor one night only this September get up with the get down at The Powerstation for the inaugural Super Soul Revue featuring an all stellar local line up…



BROWN GIRL- AARADHNA’s chart topping new album was recorded live in the US, written by Aaradhna and produced entirely by Jeff Dynamite of Brooklyn based Truth & Soul Records (Aloe Blacc, Adele, Lady, Lee Fields & The Expressions) featuring some of the greatest retro/soul instrumentalist’s and session players on the scene today, including Homer Steinweiss (Amy Winehouse), Leon Michaels (Lee Fields, Dr. John, Sharon Jones + The Dap Kings, The Black Keys) and Vincent John (Lee Fields, Lady). The queen of Pacific Soul headlines the first Auckland City Soul Review her band for the evening made up of some of our homegrown top players in their own right – Jeremy Toy & Chip Matthews from the Opensouls + The Tornadoes and Tom Broome from Homebrew + Esther Stevens and The Means.

& in a rare live performance TYRA HAMMOND and THE TORANDOES

Only one 7″ release exists of Tyra Hammond and The Tornadoes, the now considered rare vinyl cut: You Got me Thinkin’ / Huihui. Showcasing the amazing talent of Opensouls vocalist Tyra Hammond who has since gone on to forge a solo career and feature on many collaborations with the likes of Scribe, Ladi6 and @Peace. The band includes Julien Dyne (BBE, Wonderful Noise), Scott Towers (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Chip Matthews, Jeremy Toy (Wonderful Noise, Hit + Run) and Cameron Allen. The Tornadoes live show consists of original Afro-beat inspired funk music and the band’s own arrangements of classic B-Boy funk and breaks music.


ESTÈRE is acclaimed as being a one-of-a-kind performer, that has seen her (along with her MPC “Lola” ) open for international artists including Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc & Morcheeba, and has put her on international stages worldwide including her most recent tour which included 5 date’s in Africa, 9 shows in the UK and 8 shows in France. Estère is currently in the process of writing her new album but makes time to stop in and get down for the Auckland City Soul Revue.


Hipstamatics are an expanding 10-piece who turn iconic songs into soulful, funky anthems. Made up from a collective of creatives, international seasoned players and soulful singers. The Hipstamatics sound and style is based on 60’s and 70’s Motown acts such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross

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A$AP Ferg @ The Powerstation : 22 Sep 2016

asap_ferg_a2_nz_0American rapper A$AP FERG announces he will return to New Zealand for one headline date at Auckland’s Powerstation following the release of his sophomore album Always Survive and Prosper.

A$AP Ferg emerged in 2012 as one of the leading members of the renowned, Harlem-based A$AP Mob. Immediately captivating critics and rap fans the world over, Ferg instantly fortified his reputation by appearing on A$AP Rocky’s major label debut, Long.Live.A$AP and wowing sold-out audiences while on tour with Rihanna and Drake.

In 2013, A$AP Ferg released his debut album, Trap Lord, which entered at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and earned Ferg the ‘Rookie of the Year’ BET Hip Hop Award. Trap Lord included the breakout hits ‘Work (Remix)’ featuring A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Trinidad James & ScHoolBoy Q, and ‘Shabba’, also featuring A$AP Rocky.

Amidst a packed touring schedule and collaborations with major fashion labels, A$AP Ferg worked tirelessly on his highly anticipated sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper (out now through Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand). Linking up with everyone from Missy Elliot to Skrillex, Ferg delves deep into his personal history to paint a vivid and uncompromising self-portrait, offering introspection and entertainment in equal measure.

“This album is by far the best work I’ve created and showcases my versatility and taste in the music that I love,” states Ferg. “The mission for this album is for my fans to get a deeper look into my life; to know my origin, my family and the obstacles I’ve faced while growing up.  More importantly, I want to encourage people to always strive and prosper because if an inner city kid from Harlem, NY can make it then they can as well.”

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