Arts & Music / 12 September, 2016

Ruha cleans up at Waiata awards

It was Rob Ruha’s night at the ninth annual Waiata Māori Music Awards.

 The Gisborne-based performer walked away with tohu for best traditional album for Pumau; best song for 'Paremata Mene'; and best Maori songwriter.

He also joined Troy Kingi, Maisey Rika and Ria Hall to open the show at the Hastings Sports Centre by performing a medley of compositions by kapa haka legend Ngapo Wehi, who died in July.

Maaka Fiso was judged best Māori male solo artist, and Amba Holly best female artist.

Six60, who are currently in Los Angeles working on cracking the North American market, took the radio airplay prize for 'White Lines'. 'Tihei Mauri Ora' by Ranea took the radio airplay song of the year in te reo.

Toikitauri and Rootz Konekt received a nod as emerging artists to watch, and the best Māori pop album was awarded to Kirsten Te Rito’s Aiotanga.

There could be more accolades for Te Rito and Ruha to come, with the artists also nominated for the Maioha award at ths year's Silver Scrolls.

The APRA Maioha Award recognises exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori. Ruha is a finalist for the award with his song ‘Kariri’, a powerful and stirring waiata that retells historical accounts of the battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) and Te Ranga. IHI has also been short-listed for ‘Mana Whenua’ co-written by Thomas Rawiri and Mokoia Huata. The song echoes the proverb ‘Toi Tu te Whenua, whatungarongaro te Tangata’ or ‘For without land there would be no people’. Te Rito is the third finalist with her waiata ‘Tamaiti Ngaro’ taken from Aiotanga, co-written with James Illingworth and Joseph Te Rito.

The Maioha award will be handed out at a ceremony on September 29, along with the Silver Scroll, the NZ Music Hall of Fame induction and others. 

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