Music of New Zealand

The music of New Zealand provides variety in style and ethnicity.

Table of contents
1 Traditional Music
2 Modern or Popular New Zealand Music
3 A list of New Zealand Music Artists
4 References

Traditional Music

Maori music consists of waiata, (literally songs), as well as haka, ("war" dances). As the Maori have an oral history, it was only when Sir Apirana Ngata wrote down and recorded waiata and traditional poetry early in the twentieth century that any of this music was preserved or became widely known. The overall traditional musical performance is now known as kapahaka, which often involves actions performed with sticks that are thumped or the poi - a small ball on the end of a string - that are twirled in the hands and slapped to provide rythmic accompaniment. While the guitar has become an almost universal instrument to accompany kapahaka performances today, traditional instruments, which are primarily woodwind, can give hauntingly eerie sounds. Some modern artists have revived the use of these traditional instruments and are writing and performing original insrumental maori music that has a unique sound. The Maori have also developed a popular music scene, and incorporated reggae, rock and roll and other influences, most popularly including Te Vaka, who have Maori, white and other Polynesian members. Reggae bands like The Herbs and Dread Beat & Blood are also popular, while the 1990s saw the rise of hip hop groups like Moana & the Moahunters and the Upper Hutt Posse, primarily based out of South Auckland.

Modern or Popular New Zealand Music

As New Zealand is the largest nation in polynesia, its music has been influenced by the indigenous Maori and immigrants from the Pacific. While the majority musical culture originates from New Zealand's British colonial history, with a high component of music from major European and American sources, local artists have mixed these styles with local influences to create music that is uniquely New Zealand in style.

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A list of New Zealand Music Artists

 

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  • 3 The Hard Way
  • 3Ds
  • 8 Foot Sativa

A

  • Able Tasmans
  • AKA Brown
  • Andrew Fagan
  • Anika Moa
  • Annie Crummer
  • Ardijah
  • Ape Management

B

C

D

E

  • Edwin Carr
  • Elemeno P
  • Emma Paki
  • Epsilon Blue
  • Evermore
  • Exponents
  • Eye TV

F


G

  • Garageland
  • Goldenhorse
  • Goodshirt
  • Graeme Downes
  • Gramsci
  • Greg Churchill
  • Greg Johnson

H

  • Hayley Westenra
  • Hasslehoff Experiment
  • Headless Chickens
  • Heavy Jones Trio
  • Hello Sailor
  • Herbs
  • Hinewehi Mohi
  • Hirini Melbourne
  • HLAH (Head Like a Hole)
  • House of Downtown

I

  • ILL Semantics
  • Indicator Dogs

J

K


L

  • Letterbox Lambs
  • Loves Ugly Children
  • Luke Hurley

M

  • Ma V Elle
  • Midge Marsden
  • Maestro Cooltones
  • Margaret Urlich
  • Mark de Clive-Lowe
  • Mary
  • Matty J Ruys
  • MC OJ & The Rhythm Slave
  • Mestar
  • Meterman
  • Midge Marsden
  • Minuit
  • Moana and the Moa Hunters
  • Mutton Birds

N

  • Neil Finn
  • Nesian Mystik
  • Netherworld Dancing Toys

O


P

  • Pacifier
  • PanAm
  • Paul Ubana Jones
  • Phoenix Foundation
  • Pine
  • Pitch Black
  • Pluto
  • P-Money
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Purrr
  • Push Push

R

  • Ray Columbus & The Invaders
  • Rhombus
  • Rikki Morris

  • Rubicon

S

  • Salmonella Dub
  • Seven Tongues
  • Sheelahroc
  • She's Insane
  • Shihad
  • Shona Laing
  • Sisters Underground
  • Slim
  • Split Enz
  • Stellar*
  • Steriogram
  • Straitjacket Fits
  • Strawpeople
  • Supergroove

T


U

  • Uncle Monkey
  • Upper Hutt Posse

V

W

  • Wash
  • Weta
  • When the Cat's Away

X

Z

  • Zed

References

  • Linkels, Ad. "The Real Music of Paradise". 2000. In Broughton, Simon and Ellingham, Mark with McConnachie, James and Duane, Orla (Ed.), World Music, Vol. 2: Latin & North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific, pp 218-229. Rough Guides Ltd, Penguin Books. ISBN 1-85828-636-0

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