The Pacific Music Awards Trust are proud to announce the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award will be posthumously presented to Daniel Rae Costello, the Fijian guitarist who captured the hearts of listeners globally.
Daniel’s legacy will be honoured with the award at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards. Costello's music captured many hearts across the Pacific and the world, with strong influences by the Caribbean sound.
He released 30 albums throughout a long, influential career, with his debut album Tropical Sunset released in 1979. While his debut album didn’t see widespread success, a year later he struck gold with his second album Lania, which was hugely popular with audiences in Fiji and around the Pacific. From there, he quickly became known for his excellent live performances.
Lania reached #1 in Fiji and across the Pacific and kickstarted Daniel’s music career. It was recorded with Pacific music legends like Tui Ravai on piano, Paul Stevens on drums, Vili Tuilaucala on guitars, Saimoni Waqa on bass, DJ Spooky on percussions, and Irene Taylor, Annie Kumar & Lela on backing vocals.
He moved to Australia a few years later because of the 1987 Fijian coups d'état where he wrote two songs, ‘Samba’ and ‘Take Me To The Island’, before returning to Fiji and starting his own studio and production suite called Tango Sound Productions. It was here he recorded his first big hit album, Samba.
Samba went on to sell more than 300,000 units in 1990-1993, proving to Daniel and the wider Pacific community it was possible to make a living solely from music alone in the Islands.
Daniel passed in 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Corrina Gibson-Costello and his five children, leaving behind a legacy of Pacific achievement, having travelled and performed in over 20 countries, recorded over 30 albums and played over 4,000 gigs. He inspired a generation of young musicians to pursue their dreams.
There will be a special tribute performance to Daniel Rae Costello, by well known Fijian artist Stevie Heatley, a close friend of Daniels, supported by TCB, which was Daniel’s touring band for New Zealand and the Pacific, 2013-2015.
The 2020 Pacific Music Awards live ceremony will not take place on Wednesday 30 September as planned. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be shared as an online presentation at 7pm on Saturday 3 October, and a Tagata Pasifika special will be screened on TV1 on Saturday 17 October, 9.30-11am.
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Announcing new format for 2020 Pacific Music Awards
This year’s awards will be closed to the public, available in full online and on Tagata Pasifika
Due to COVID-19 and precautions to avoid public health crises, the Pacific Music Awards Trust announce today there will be no live event on Wednesday 30 September for the Pacific Music Awards as planned.
Instead, the awards and performances will be filmed and presented online, with a Tagata Pasifika special airing on television later in the month. The event will be shared as an online presentation at 7pm on Saturday 3 October, and a Tagata Pasifika special will be screened on TV1 on Saturday 17 October, 9.30-11am.
The 2020 Pacific Music Awards will feature live performances by the new wave of Pacific artists: Church & AP, Lomez Brown, Lou’ana, Shepherds Reign, Lani Alo, and Disciple Pati.
Chairman and spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua say given the current environment and our responsibility for our community, this is the best decision for the awards.
“2020 Pacific Music Awards Online breaks new ground in the musical Malaga/journey of its being about our Musicians our Musika/music of Te Moana Nui-a-kiwa people of the Pacific Moana Oceania but importantly it is about building up our people with Musika of Resilience and Hope that’s why it is You & Us Family, Community & Society together united Kotahitanga Unity being that family of humanity for this time of moving into the unknown nga manaaki manuia blessings. Our Waka Va’a Vaka canoe of life as it travels through the ocean of uncertainty to our drum beats of Musika of Resilience and Hope.”
“We hope our audience around Aotearoa, the Pacific and the world, will be able to join us on both those dates. Amidst the waves of change, we have kept moving forward and this option allows us to maintain the celebration of our 2020 finalists and award recipients, and the connection with our community at this time,” says Petrina Togi-Sa’ena, Event Producer.
“The Trust would like to sincerely thank our family of sponsors and funders for their support. We also acknowledge the event, production, television and media teams who collaborated to find the best way to deliver the awards event this year.
“To create the online and television content, we will film and capture as much live content as we can, and we will absolutely ensure we adhere to the restrictions and guidelines for events; and provide a safe environment for everyone involved,” says Togi-Sa’ena.
The Trust is also happy to share that we have extended our support programme for Pacific artists, anchored by support received from Creative New Zealand. This is aptly named the Tautua Programme, based on the Samoan proverb: O le ala i le pule, o le tautua, the pathway to authority is through service.
Due to the impact on the music industry this year, the Tautua Programme will focus on providing mentoring and artist development support, and presenting the activities that were unable to take place earlier in the year. These include music industry workshops with MMF and APRA, as well as mentoring for young artists working with smokefree Tangata Beat. More information will be available soon.
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Announcing the Aotearoa Music Awards
Sunday 15th November
New branding and spirit for New Zealand’s flagship music awards
Today marks the launch of the Aotearoa Music Awards, introducing a new era for Recorded Music New Zealand’s annual music awards.
Developed by creative agency LIKEMINDS in collaboration with specialist Māori concept and creative studio HAUMI, the Aotearoa Music Awards reinterpret what it means to be a Kiwi musician and artist.
Recorded Music NZ Kaiwhakahaere o Ngā Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa Sarah Owen says the decision to rebrand the awards aligns with continued efforts over the years to recognise Aotearoa’s tangata whenua and Te Reo Māori as the first language of New Zealand, as well as the importance of Te Ao Māori in our lives.
“Aotearoa is a land of diversity and stories, evoking people to share their experiences with us through music. Our artists are kaihanga of one of our greatest treasures – the music and songs that defines our lives,” says Owen.
“With the renaming to Aotearoa Music Awards and the kaupapa behind that, we are taking another step in bringing the awards back to the core of what they’re for: to celebrate, support and encourage the creative journeys of all our recording artists.”
LIKEMINDS founder and creative director Damian Alexander says the Aotearoa Music Awards acronym “AMA” (pronounced ah-mah) is an intentional reference to Te Ao Māori. We are embedding and acknowledging the indigenous culture of Aotearoa and the environment from where our musicians can flourish and prosper.
“An ama is the outrigger used to support waka during voyages across the ocean. In the same way, that Recorded Music NZ and the Aotearoa Music Awards support and celebrate New Zealand musicians and their work, as well as the support of the wider creative industry in Aotearoa,” says Alexander.
“We worked with Tiki Taane and Laughton Kora to create a bespoke musical score for the rebrand to bring the awards firmly back to the true resonance of this place we call home.”
Special 2020 show format
In addition to the new name and identity, the format of this year's event will reflect the importance of music and the wider community in times like these.
In addition to the 20 Tui awarded on the night, multiple inductees will be welcomed into the NZ Music Hall of Fame | Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa - honouring and celebrating our beloved musicians, past and present.
Recorded Music NZ CEO Damian Vaughan is pleased to announce the event will also be taking on a new form this year, with a renewed focus on the musicians and their craft.
“This November, we intend to not only honour and celebrate the spectacular music released over the past year but also highlight the incredible and important work of many of the individuals, organisations and initiatives throughout Aotearoa that are using music to unite and heal communities.
“We are honoured to shine a light on many of these organisations and their activities including our long-time awards charity partner MusicHelps, but also others such as Crescendo, Raukatauri and Girls Rock Camp who are using music to help our music whanau and heal our communities in this time of uncertainty.”
“The inaugural Aotearoa Music Awards will be an intimate reflection and celebration of the year that was and tell the stories of how our music community has navigated this unique and challenging year.”
The finalists and performers for the Aotearoa Music Awards will be announced on Thursday 8 October. The event will be taking place Sunday 15 November at Spark Arena and will be broadcast live on Edge TV, Three and ThreeNow.
Thanks to our sponsors NZ On Air, Te Mangai Paho, THREE, The Edge, Spotify, Hallertau, Young & Co, SkyCity, and GHD.
About Recorded Music New Zealand: Recorded Music NZ is a non-profit industry representation and licensing organisation for recording artists and their labels. It divides its services into three main areas. The Member Services team delivers projects including the Aotearoa Music Awards, the weekly Official NZ Top40 Charts and the Music Grants programme. Recorded Music NZ’s licensing division administers broadcast and public performance licensing either directly or through its joint initiative with APRA called OneMusic. The Pro-Music team is dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of artists and labels across the New Zealand recording industry.
About the Aotearoa Music Awards / Nga Tohu Puoro o Aotearoa: The Aotearoa Music Awards are owned and hosted by Recorded Music NZ and produced for Recorded Music NZ by Mediaworks.
About MusicHelps: MusicHelps uses the power of music to help & heal New Zealanders in need. The charity develops & supports a wide range of programmes that use music to help people who are at risk, vulnerable and experiencing health issues. The charity has made projects possible at youth organisations, hospices, schools, medical charities, rehabilitation centres and more all-over New Zealand. MusicHelps also provides caring, confidential & practical support to kiwi music workers experiencing illness, distress & hardship.
Through its “MusicHelpsLive” appeal this year, the charity has provided over 500 emergency grants to individuals and music businesses whose livelihoods have been shattered by the Covid-19 crisis. It also provides vital support including medical treatment, counselling and hardship assistance to kiwi music people and their families in times of crisis.
LIKEMINDS is a creative studio built on the belief that great things happen when like minds come together and is founded by Damian Alexander and Noel Blackwell. A broad and open minded practice that blends design, film, animation, technology, music and selfless collaboration.
HAUMI is a specialist Māori concept and creative studio led by Karl Johnstone (Founder, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngai Tamanuhiri) and Joe Pihema (concept lead, Ngāti Whātua).
About MediaWorks: MediaWorks is New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster, reaching 4.29 million Kiwis through its TV, Radio and Digital platforms. The company owns and operates television channels Three, Breeze TV and The Edge TV; radio brands The Edge, The Rock, More FM, The Breeze, The Sound, Mai FM, George FM, Magic, Magic Talk and rova; a network of websites including newshub.co.nz and ThreeNow, and a family of mobile and tablet apps. MediaWorks’ entertainment and news brands and people are household names, with loyal, highly engaged audiences. www.mediaworks.co.nz
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The Pacific Music Awards Trust have announced that the 2020 Pacific Music Awards will be presented online and television this year, there will be no live event on Wednesday 30 September as planned. Given the current environment and our responsibility for our community, we believe this is the best decision for the awards.
The 2020 Pacific Music Awards ceremony will be shared as an online presentation at 7pm on Saturday 3 October, and the Tagata Pasifika special will be screened on TV1, 9.30-11am, on Saturday 17 October. We hope our audience around Aotearoa, the Pacific and the world, will be able to join us on both those dates.
Amidst the waves of change, we have kept moving forward and this option allows us to maintain the celebration of our 2020 finalists and award recipients, and the connection with our community at this time. The Trust would like to sincerely thank our family of sponsors and funders for their support. We also acknowledge the event, production, television and media teams who collaborated to find the best way to deliver the awards event this year. To create the online and television content, we will film and capture as much live content as we can, and we will absolutely ensure we adhere to the restrictions and guidelines for events; and provide a safe environment for everyone involved.
The Trust is also happy to share that we have extended our support programme for Pacific artists, anchored by support received from Creative New Zealand. This is aptly named the Tautua Programme, based on the Samoan proverb: O le ala i le pule, o le tautua, the pathway to authority is through service. Due to the impact on the music industry this year, the Tautua Programme will focus on providing mentoring and artist development support, and presenting the activities that were unable to take place earlier in the year, including music industry workshops with MMF and APRA, and mentoring for young artists working with smokefree Tangata Beats and others. We will share more information soon and please check our website for highlights of the programme to date.
To remind you of who we are celebrating at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards – below is a list of our finalists for each of the entered categories:
Auckland Council Best Pacific Female Artist:
NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist:
Flava Best Pacific Group:
NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video:
APRA Best Pacific Song:
SunPix Best Pacific Language:
Base FM NZ & Island Base Samoa Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist:
Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist:
Pato Entertainment Best Pacific Roots/Reggae Artist:
531pi Best Pacific Gospel Artist:
Niu FM Best International Pacific Artist:
Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album:
Red Bull Best Producer
The following awards will also be presented at the 2020 Pacific Music Awards:
We extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who will be part of the 2020 Pacific Music Awards – thank you for supporting Pacific music, our Pacific artists. We look forward to celebrating together and connecting through the gift of music.
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Trust spokesperson: Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua, P: 021 141 8798 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trust contact and Event Producer: Petrina Togi-Sa’ena, P: 0272451898; E: email@example.com
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