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.