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An early record from TANZA, whose name was an acronym for 'to assist New Zealand artists' (pic: Mataura & Districts Historical Society)

An early disc from record label TANZA, whose name was an acronym for 'to assist New Zealand artists' (pic: Mataura & Districts Historical Society)

Every year since 2001, New Zealand Music Month has rolled around in May. Te Ara is full of the stories and sounds of local music. Music historian Chris Bourke’s monumental entry on Popular music takes readers on a jam-packed journey from traditional Māori music to Lorde. He also treats us to shorter forays into the worlds of Jazz and dance bands and Folk, country and blues music. Peter Clayworth explores the military and Scottish origins of Brass and pipe bands, while Piri Sciascia and Paul Meredith chart the evolution of Waiata hōu – contemporary Maori songs.

These entries are replete with great images, sound clips and music videos. If you’re looking for some music to get you through your day’s work, why not check out Hirini Melbourne’s ‘Te pūtōrino a Raukatauri’, Pixie Williams’s classic ‘Blue smoke’, the Chills’ ‘Heavenly pop hit’ or Concord Dawn’s ‘Broken eyes’? There’s something for everyone on Te Ara.

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  1. Comment made by Julia || May 26th, 2015

    Nice blog Kerryn! Your readers might like this: https://www.pinterest.com/nzatfrankfurt/new-zealand-music-month-books/ It is a collection of book covers (one for every day of New Zealand Music Month) from books about New Zealand music. Kia ora!

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