This week’s Local Eyes video is from Wellington-based singer, songwriter and beat-maker Estère with her new single ‘Calculated Risk’. The track is taken from her upcoming album, Archetypes, due out later this year. Described as Ravyn Lenae meets St Vincent, in 2019 Estère’s songwriting and producing prowess grabbed the attention of esteemed Massive Attack producer Stew Jackson. Together, they […]

This week’s local eyes video is the ESTÈRE produced ‘Tokoloshe’ featuring NZ/ Rwandan MC RAIZA BIZA which is also, our Turn It Up: the local tune of the week. ‘Tokoloshe’ takes on the myth of a mischievous evil spirit or dwarf-like water sprite, whose origins lie in Zulu mythology.  Creating the ‘Tokoloshe’ video was a true exercise in long-distance collaboration, with […]

Following the release of her critically-acclaimed My Design, On Others Lives in April this year, ESTÈRE teams up with the poetically tongued NZ/ Rwandan MC RAIZA BIZA, to take on the myth of an infamous figure in cross-continental African folklore, the ‘Tokoloshe’. In this first song produced and mixed by ESTÈRE for another artist, RAIZA masterfully creates […]

‘Nomads’ is the last single before the Estère releases her double album My Design, On Others’ Lives, which is due out Friday 27th April. This new track is Estère’s personal study of forced mass movement in both a story of pain, beauty and resurrection. “Nomads is about exploring identity and where we come from,” says Estère.“Everyone is of […]

TALKING POINTS on Base FM – hosted by Dylan C Thanks to NZ On Air Music Date: August 2017 Guest reviewer: ESTÈRE  Featured release: CONNAN MOCKASIN ‘Forever Dolphin Love’ Released: 2014 Featured track #1: IT’S CHOADE MY DEAR Featured track #2: FAKING JAZZ TOGETHER Featured track #3: FOREVER DOLPHIN LOVE Estère is a girl […]

This week’s Local Eyes video is Estère’s tribute to her ‘Grandmother’. This stunning video was filmed in Capetown, and co-stars legendary South African writer Sindiwe Magona. ‘Grandmother,’ is New Zealand-based beatmaker and vocalist Estère’s tribute to the mother of her father, the grandmother she never met. Estère is currently touring her new mini-album My Design (P1) accross NZ. Wellington, 1 […]

This week’s LOCAL EYES video is Estère – Control Freak. This track is taken from her mini-album My Design. The Wellington-based producer and performing artist brings it home to the streets of central Wellington in a music video directed by Paascalino Schaller and featuring kiwi actresses Johanna Cosgrove and Esther Lees in a competitive play of power. […]

This weeks LOCAL EYES is the latest vid from Wellington based Estère with her jam ‘Pro Bono Techno Zone‘. The self-choreographed music video was directed by Paascalino Schaller and excellently complements the track which is a commentary on those who are slaves to technology. We are bound to technology like never before,” Estère alludes. “Perhaps it is with both optimism and incipient doom that […]

Volume Museum Sessions: Estère ‘Reptilian Journey’ Performed in the Auckland Museum’s Castle Gallery, surrounded by a collection of rare and unusual musical instruments. It’s a fitting setting for a song with lyrics focused on longevity and survival – the Castle Gallery is home to centuries-old instruments from around the world. Estère’s smoky smooth vocals are interwoven […]

After spending 5 months touring Africa, Australia, France and the UK, Estère has returned to Aotearoa with her newest single ‘Ambition’, the first from her forthcoming album. Listen to ‘Ambition’ and become acquainted with U.S. Presidential hijacker and Bordello resident, Magdelaine Lavirgin – who wanted to be the United States President. Magdelaine Lavirgin is an expert in the oldest […]

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