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South Auckland music acknowledged in new exhibition

02 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Mabel Muller -

An exhibition celebrating South Auckland's musical pedigree launched last night at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

Volume South. Photo/ PRN.

Volume South is Auckland Museum's homegrown exhibition about making music in New Zealand, championing artists and scenes that represent the culture and lifestyle exclusive to South Auckland.

The exhibition features the stories of many Pacific artists such as Savage, Ardijah, OMC, Ma-V-Elle and the new generation of South Auckland artists such as RAZE, General Fiyah and Irene Folau.

New school artists displayed at Volume South. Photo/ PRN.

RAZE says she's overwhelmed seeing some of her work included in Volume South.

"I'm so privileged to be amongst all these legends, especially being brought up in South Auckland and just to see all the talent here and how raw and real that our objects are held here. It's incredible."

The 23-year-old's songwriting journal is on display at the exhibition and she's hoping the acknowledgment of South Auckland music will inspire other young South Aucklanders to push past stereotypical boundaries.

Singer Sosaia Folau performed a South Auckland music medley with his sister Irene Folau to launch the opening of Volume South.

He says South Auckland is a game-changer when it comes to making music.

"There's definitely a bar that we've raised here in South Auckland... We've got young cats like General Fiyah coming in to the game not only for South Auckland music but for Polynesian music as well." 

"It's such a positive feeling and I'm really excited for what the future holds for South Auckland music."

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Irene Folau and Sosaia Folau performing at the launch of Volume South. Photo/ PRN.

Gene Rivers is a member of the Advisory Panel who helped collate content for the exhibition. 

"It's unreal. Trying to absorb everything that's in there is a mission. It's overwhelming," he says.

Rivers hopes Volume South will remind people that South Auckland was and still is a big influence to New Zealand's music industry.

"I really hope that it shines a light back on the significance of South Auckland music and the role it played in the New Zealand music industry and the Pacific music industry."

A documentary on display at Volume South. Photo/ PRN.

"Urban Pacific music is in such a beautiful state at the moment and I really hope that this shows gives it perspective on how it got there and how South Auckland influenced that."

The exhibition closes in August. 

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Volume South. Photo/ PRN.