The Anthem Project is a selected group of talented emerging singers, songwriters, as well as iconic gospel artists from NZ and Australia to be involved in the creation of this project. A project which is inspired by the positive and soulful sound of GOSPEL MUSIC from artists such as Tori Kelly, Kirk Franklin and more recently Kanye West. All these well-known artists have found a way of merging Gospel Music into the mainstream market, using relevant topics to bring hope, happiness and positivity. This is a collective project of friends, family and other similar visionaries. We want to make this the BEST so we have asked the best we know to jump on board this project. We have always been into connecting/collaborating with other creatives/musicians and believe the BEST is bought out when there are many geniuses and creative minds involved.
The Anthem project was designed to not just make an album of songs but music that will positively influence this Nation and the world.
After leaving his home of Papua New Guinea for New Zealand with his mother to receive treatment for malaria, Jenkinson has continuously worked for the life he won back from death. With his debut single "Love Me’ released in 2018, Valle has carefully been honing his craft, drawing on experiences from everyday life but keeping his heritage at the forefront of everything he has to say. Having a style that is a fusion of R&B and Hip-Hop but melodically pop/radio friendly, Valle shows that his ear and pen for music are equally gifted. Telling people "music got into me", Valle saw every time music reached out its hand to him, he grabbed it and ran with it hand and hand.
The music and drama in The Panthers are inseparable; two sides of the same creative happening. Diggy Dupe’s “Son of Scribe '' character appears in every episode; an omnipresent ‘Niuean Chorus’, rapping narration, on the theme, in abstractions. Troy Kingi also appears, as his alter-ego, P. Smith; a mystical, knowing, soul singer with Tohunga qualities. Choicevaughan lends his swag; delivering numerous, bespoke hip hop bangers to set it all alight. It is a magical combination.In groundbreaking fashion; a carefully produced and curated, full-length studio album/soundtrack was dropped alongside the first season of the show. Three tracks off of the album charted in the New Zealand Top 20. Artists from Che Fu to King Kapisi, to Melodownz, all appear on the record.
Born on the beautiful island of Samoa, now living out in South Auckland, Kas has written songs for films like Sione’s Wedding, Number 2, The Orator, and Fast n Furious, as well as exhibiting his work as a visual artist at Auckland City Art Gallery, Wellington Art Gallery, and The Mangere Arts Centre. He is also the owner of a clothing label called ‘Feelstyles Classic Apparel’. Staying true to his roots, he loves to munch on Kalo and Faiai Fe’e.
BINA BUTTA & KENNYON BROWN
"Lady Love" is a song released by Bina Butta in September 2021, a personal story of the triumph of going through having a child and the love a mother and the family has for a newborn into the family. This song was written by Bina Butta and her brother Kennyon Brown who produced the track with help from DJ Noiz plus musicians Chunkyluv & Ben Sekali. Since its release, the song took off big time in New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and USA and now has amassed over 15 million streams in 6 months and recently was certified GOLD by the New Zealand Charts.
Victor J Sefo
Victor J Sefo was born and raised In Napier. Of Samoan descent, from the villages of Siumu & Mulivai Safata, Victor is passionate about creating music daily. He is a truly independent artist, working full time in music - writing, producing, mixing and releasing his own songs.
With over 15 singles released to date, Victor has achieved a huge following online – with combined streams of over 35 million!! This means he has amassed more YouTube views, Spotify, and SoundCloud views than even some of today's established artists. Victor J Sefo loves home-cooked feeds and coffee in the arvo. He is always motivating everyone around him to push to be great in whatever they do. Victor loves his parents and they are the main reason why he is going hard on his music so that he can set them up for life.
One of NZ’s most sought-after female artists of today is TREE. South Auckland-Mangere NZ native, Samoan; bringing a fresh passionate, warm, empathetic and empowering infusion of sounds embracing her Polynesian roots as well as her heroes in music Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Alicia Keys, Araadhna. It is no secret that she has become a Singing Sensation from the South Pacific. At 29 Years Of Age; An independent Artist, Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Producer, and Music/Short Film Director. Starting at the very young age of 15 years old, she has grown and experienced a lot in her craft and in Music, A Mother, Recording/Performing Artist now also an Esthetician and Entrepreneur, In a lane of her own.
Passionate about using her voice and art as a vehicle to inspire the youth, she is a freelance youth worker responsible for youth events such as ‘Love & Light’ While working on and releasing her album 'Mrs Tree' she also launched her own Production Company 'ASQUARED PRODUCTIONS LTD' as well as a shared Business venture Owning and Directing an independent Record Label, BLK ENTERTAINMENT LTD' Together with Reggae Sensation Artist and Husband Swiss. You can definitely sense it in her Music. An Experience and Light beam for ALL with more soulful music to come.
With a goal to sit amongst the top tier of New Zealand musicians, TOMORROW PEOPLE achieved exactly that in less than 2 years since their birth in 2010. Several years later, they have cemented themselves in the commercial music scene after releasing 2 full length albums, 2 EPs, 40 radio singles, 21 music videos and 5 music features with other artists. A studio project turned live stage show, the 7-piece band are purveyors of what they describe as ‘sunshine reggae’. Focused on providing a mid-tempo sound that, while clearly reggae-centric, adds touches of dancehall ragga to its colour. It is a sound built around strong vocals, soothing harmonies, catchy hooks, aggressive ragga raps, and feel good riddems
Labeled by some as the hardest working band in the country, this is likely due to the fact that Tomorrow People wrote, recorded, produced and mixed all their music themselves. Or it may be because they edit their own videos, design their own artwork, manage their own strategies, devise their own marketing plans and book their own tours, all while holding down full-time day jobs.
2021 will saw them begin their #FirstFridays campaign where they are on a mission to release one song on the first Friday of each month.
Auckland based RnB Soul Artist and Born in Samoa, TJ Taotua grew up in Porirua, Wellington. Good enough to get into the Wellington covers scene as a teenager, and two full decades later continues to perform a mix of (mostly RnB) covers and originals, as well as running a band agency and holding down a 9-5 role. Winner of Best Pacific Male and Best Pacific Gospel artist awards - 2015 and Best Pacific Gospel Artist award 2016. Opened for KC & JOJO, Eric Benet, Tevin Campbell and Musiq Soulchild.
Formed in the late 2000s after aspiring teenage MCs Lucky Lance and Tony Teez decided to take hip hop beyond their weekend freestyle sessions at a local park. An introduction to producer Haz Beats provided the beats they were missing, and suddenly Team Dynamite was a legitimate group, building a reputation for dance-floor-friendly hip hop and becoming mainstays of the Young Gifted & Broke collective. The group released a Demo Tape in 2010, Shepherds Delight in 2014 and Never Again EP in 2015. They’ve collaborated with a who’s who of New Zealand music including Che Fu, @peace, Laughton Kora and Bailey Wiley. Their high-energy live show saw the group play major festivals, the opening slot for international acts Methodman and Redman and support to local acts such as Fat Freddy’s Drop and Ladi 6.