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Pacific Music Awards 2018 finalists announced

28 March 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

The finalists for this year's Pacific Music Awards have been announced at a special ceremony in Auckland.

PMA Trustee Petrina Togi Sa'ena with PMA finalist RAZÉ. Photo/ PMN.

Berlin-based Tongan Noah Slee (formerly known as Tau Manukia from Spacifix) leads with four nominations off the back of his debut album Otherland.

General Fiyah is back for another year for Best Music Video, Best Pacific Song and Best Pacific Male Artist for his latest single Here To Stay featuring Three Houses Down.

General Fiyah and Three Houses Down at the Pacific Music Awards 2017. Photo/ PMN.

R'n'B singer RAZÉ is also a finalist, for the very first time, for the Best Pacific Female Artist award.

Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev. Mua Strickson-Pua says the talents on display continues to build momentum from previous years.

"The Vodafone Pacific Music Awards have celebrated Pacific excellence in music for 14 years. I'm always inspired at the impressive unique material our finalists bring out each year."

The awards will be held on May 24 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland.

Vodafone Pacific Music Awards Finalists

Virgin Australia Best Pacific Female Artist Award:

  • La Coco – Love & Other Things Part II
  • Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP
  • Razé – 4Seasons

NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist Award:

  • General Fiyah – ‘Here To Stay’
  • Kings – Chapter One
  • Noah Slee – Otherland

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Urban Artist Award:

  • 9-5ers – Close To Home
  • Noah Slee – Otherland
  • SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

Pacific Media Network Best Pacific Group Award:

  • Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas
  • Three Houses Down – ‘Smile’
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Lock Me Up’

NZ On Air Best Pacific Music Video Award:

  • Samson Rambo – ‘Here To Stay’ (General Fiyah)
  • Noah Slee & Si Jay Gould – ‘Radar’ (Noah Slee)
  • Olivia Foa’i – ‘Lakalaka’ (Te Vaka)

APRA Best Pacific Song Award:

  • General Fiyah – ‘Here To Stay’ (Written by : Charlie Pome'e & Nicholas Pome'e)
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Sa’ili Le Alofa’ (Written by Kenape Saupese, Naomi Alatipi, Honiara Salanoa, Helen Tupai, Avina Kelekolio, Daniel Sugrue, Tana Tupai)
  • Te Vaka – ‘Lakalaka’ (Written by Opetaia Foa'i/Matatia Foa'i)

SunPix Best Pacific Language Award:

  • EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
  • Te Vaka – ‘Lakalaka’
  • Tomorrow People – ‘Sa’ili Le Alofa’

Auckland Council Best Pacific Gospel Artist Award:

  • TJ Taotua – 'Special Place'
  • EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
  • Niue Youth Network – NYN Niue Gospel Album

Flava Best International Pacific Artist Award:

  • Junior Maile – 'When I'm Gone'/'Golden Touch'
  • Tenelle – For the Lovers
  • Sam Kiles – ‘Delay’

Recorded Music NZ Best Pacific Music Album Award:

  • EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth – Fa'afetai Le Atua
  • Ladi 6 – Royal Blue 3000 EP
  • Noah Slee – Otherland
  • Sol3 Mio – A Very Merry Christmas
  • SWIDT – Stoneyhunga

SIT/MAINZ Best Producer Award:

  • Anonymouz – The Undisciplined Son EP (Tha Movement)
  • Kings – Chapter One (Kings)
  • Parks, Brandan Haru & Julien Dyne – Royal Blue 3000 EP (Ladi 6)