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Top 5 Finalists Announced For 2021 Apra Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka

These are the incredible songs chosen as finalists for the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award, as voted by New Zealand APRA members.

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These are the incredible songs chosen as finalists for the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award, as voted by New Zealand APRA members. The award recognises excellence in songwriting and has been presented for 56 years.

All Your Ships Have Sailed, written and performed by Troy Kingi (Published by Loop Publishing | Kobalt Music Publishing Australia) 

Hiwa-i-te-rangi, written by Maisey Rika*, Callum Rei McDougall and Chris Chetland, performed by Maisey Rika (*Published by First Nation Music - Aotearoa)

Jump Rope Gazers, written by Elizabeth Stokes*, Jonathan Pearce, Benjamin Sinclair, Tristan Deck, performed by The Beths (*Published by Gaga Music obo Carpark Publishing)

Leave Love Out Of This, written by Anthonie Tonnon and Jonathan Pearce, performed by Anthonie Tonnon

Turangawaewae, written by Stephen Harmer, Maisey Rika*, Troy Kingi**, Tenei Kesha (10A), performed by Tipene, Troy Kingi, and Maisey Rika (*Published by First Nation Music – Aotearoa, **Published by Loop Publishing | Kobalt Music Publishing Australia)

The funk-laden All Your Ships Have Sailed comes from Troy Kingi's deeply personal and nostalgia-filled record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth album from his 10 10 10 series (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres). Pulling from retro 70's-funk, Troy brings to life a character inspired by his missing father and a mysterious cassette tape. Being such a prolific artist, Troy is also a co-writer and vocalist on a second finalist song, Turangawaewae.

Maisey Rika brings waiata reo Maori to the spotlight this year with three finalist nominations, co-writing both Hiwa-i-te-rangi and Turangawaewae for the Silver Scroll Award, and Waiti Waita for the Maioha Award. Hiwa-i-te-rangi, co-written with Chris Chetland and hip-hop artist Rei, celebrates the youngest star in the cluster of Matariki. With the guidance of a Maori astronomer, Maisey Rika (a recent Arts Laureate Award recipient) created the album Nga Mata o te Ariki Tawhirimatea turning ancient stories of Matariki into beautiful waiata.

Tamaki Makaurau indie-rockers, The Beths return to the Top 5 this year with a love song that lays it all on the line, Jump Rope Gazers – the title track from their second LP of the same name. Blending the heartfelt and incisive vocals from frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes, with swaying, chiming guitar lines, and warm three-part harmonies from Jonathan, Ben, and Tristan, this is a soaring centrepiece of the record, which maintains their hook-laden, self-deprecating vibe, but turns up the pop power.

Co-written with Jonathan Pearce of The Beths, Leave Love Out Of This is an expansive piano-driven political ballad, which brings Anthonie Tonnon back to the Top 5 this year. Widely known for his electric and immersive shows, technology has always been a close counterpart in Tonnon's music. On this title track from his recently released album, he weaves together the tasteful minimalism of paired back piano and vocals with an immersive synth-palette, eventually building to a swirling climax.

Representing the East Coast is Flaxmere-born rapper Tipene Harmer with his waiata reo rua Turangawaewae, co-written with Maisey Rika, Troy Kingi, and Tenei Kesha. It's nostalgic, proud, and deeply connected to identity. Tipene celebrates his culture and tipuna, welcoming us to celebrate Te Ao Māori. Featuring vocals from Maisey and Troy, Turangawaewae epitomises bilingual excellence with the message to stay true to yourself.

You can read about the history of the APRA Silver Scroll Award here.

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Written by

Maiden NZ Entertainment

27 Aug 2021