The Pacific music community celebrated another year of outstanding music at the 17th annual Pacific Music Awards. The biggest night for Pasifika music the Pacific Music Awards – NZ took place at the Vodafone Events Centre last night with a live online ceremony. The event also delivered a visual and musical spectacle, opening the ceremony […]

On the heels of his Pacific Music Awards Nominations, Avondale poet, MC and rapper Melodownz joined fellow 685 rapper POETIK on ‘For The Ville Radio’. Third time nominee, Melodownz is a finalist for the ‘NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist‘ and ‘Base FM NZ & Island Base FM Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist‘ […]

This week on Native Tongues!… Featured Tracks and Artist: ON!ON!ON!, FOOTONFLOOR (feat Kamahumble), THESHINING by Church & AP NZ hip hop game changers Church & AP have shared Side B of their album AT THY FEET.  The release sees the pair exhibit their powerful, polished and boisterous style whilst simultaneously addressing a list of important topics such as racial profiling and gentrification in their […]

TALKING POINTS on Base FM – hosted by Ian Beatmaster Wright Thanks to NZ On Air Music Date: 17th March 2021 Guest reviewer: Aidan Fine Featured release: Choicevaughan ‘deuce’ Released: 2020 Featured track #1: Kentucky Gold Featured track #2: End of the Weak Featured track #3: Beyond DEUCE is a six track collection produced by […]

  This week’s Local Eyes is from New Zealand MC MELODOWNZ with ‘Money’, the Polynesian wordsmith’s first drop of new music for 2021. Where previous release ‘Big Deals’ featuring Diggy Dupé celebrated the hustle, ‘Money‘ charts what comes next, when you’ve secured the bag. “Everybody want a piece of the pie right, so we can all eat?” MELODOWNZ raps – when you’re determined to grind and […]

This week on Native Tongues… Big ups to Grassmouth who filled in this week. Featured Track: IDC Featured Artist: Raiza Biza IDC by Raiza Biza Featured Track: BEST FRIEND Featured Artist: Stndrd Stndrd · BEST FRIEND Featured Track: No Confetti Featured Artist: Rhys Rich Featured Track: What Is Competition? Featured Artist: Jono Das Fiction by Jono […]

Auckland Live presents Summer in the Square 11 December 2020 – 27 February 2021 The heart of central city channels the high seas this summer with the return of Auckland Live’s free inner-city festival Summer in the Square! Creating an urban marina within Aotea Square, the world-class programme of music and movies, and digital experiences will […]

This week on Native Tongues!… Featured Artist: Poetik, Raggadat Cris Featured Track: ‘FAME’ Award winning artist Poetik is known for his outspoken opinions on racism, Polynesian culture, mainstream media and for putting Samoan Hip Hop on the map. Raggadat Cris ‘Chris Tongi’ grew up in South Auckland but now resides in Australia where he juggles […]

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s plenty to celebrate in New Zealand’s Pacific music scene. The finalists for the 2020 Pacific Music Awards were announced today after a record number of entries, resulting in 24 finalists across 13 categories. Base FM alongside with our sister station Island Base FM, are proud to be sponsors again for […]

This week’s Local Eye’s is the follow up to Melodownz explosive last single, ‘No Mercy’ featuring Denzel Curry. Melodwnz’s latest single ‘Fine’ is accompanied by his first official music video of the new decade. Arriving just in time to see out the Summer, ‘Fine’ is a cruisy poolside anthem, but with its euphoric charm, lighthearted […]

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