'Dawn Raids' - two words that mean so much in Pacific history in Aotearoa.
This is also the choice of name for one of New Zealand's most renowned and controversial hip hop record labels, who are famous from bringing the sound of South Auckland to the world. A new doco directed by Oscar Kightley follows their journey from bang to bust.
Here is their extraordinary story of reaching the heights of international fame and the lows of losing everything.
Catch the movie in NZ and Australian theatres from tomorrow, Thursday 21st January.
Samoan superstar Dwayne Johnson has just shared a sneak peek at his new television series "Young Rock" and we also get our first look at Polynesian actors Stacey Leilua and Uli Latukefu in their roles.
Stacey Leilua plays Ata Johnson, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnsons mother and Uli Latukefu plays 'The Rock' from the ages 18 to 20 when he was recruited by the University of Miami.
The actor shared the sneak peek across his social media and said of the preview -
Join the Recording Academy, Grammy Museum Experience for a Q&A with hit producer and our very own Jawsh 685. He talks having the right "mindset" and some of his favorite current music!
Mini Masterclass is a twice-weekly video series which includes a 10- minute interview with an esteemed roster of guests including, Mario Winans, hip-hop legend, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Estelle, Matthew Ramsey from the ACM Award Old Dominion and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, Jessie Jo Dillon. The interviews cover an array of topics including musical process and inspiration, tips for young musicians and more.
WARNING: This trailer contains “strong language” - Viewer discretion advised.
It's the final few weeks of school for the year 12 students of Mt Druitt high School & they just want to get through it off the radar.
With big dreams for the big world they are ready to switch classrooms with the hustle of young adulthood - well, that’s the goal anyway.
But something is not right in the corridors of Mt Druitt High & Jacob, a Sāmoan kid with the world against him can feel it.
Literally. Something is coming & whatever it is, its coming for the Pasifika kids of Mt Druitt High School.
DEITY is a nod to being young, brown & Pasifika in Australia & about celebrating the stories of West Sydney's Pasifika Community.
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ONEFOUR is a breaking hip hop group from Mount Druitt, in Sydney, Australia.
Meet the producers Rick, i.amsolo, willstah and Khaled, who helped shape the sound and stories behind ONEFOUR's explosive debut EP 'Against All Odds'.
Listen to the EP in A1, Spotify Australia's flagship hip hop playlist, here: https://spoti.fi/A1HipHop
Last Wednesday marked White Ribbon Day - the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women.
In honour of White Ribbon Day, 'She is not Your Rehab' (a non-religious and non-legislative movement whose mission is to impact the culture around abusive relationships, domestic violence and unhealthy ideals of masculinity) sent a 'She is not your Rehab' t.shirt to Samoan superstar Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. They also launched a very special campaign video featuring founder Matt Brown's 5 year old son Angelou Brown.
The video went viral with over 1 million views on both instagram and facebook.
And less than a week later, the man himself has responded to Angelou with this heartfelt post and has also shared the video on his own instagram with all 204 million of his followers!
Check out his message to Angelou and his father here -
The makers of hit films, Three Wise Cousins, Hibiscus & Ruthless and Take Home Pay, are aiming to finish 2020 with something to smile about. They have just released the new trailer for their Pacific Christmas film – Mama’s Music Box.
Mama’s Music Box is a Christmas comedy where on Christmas Eve two grandchildren Matai (Unaloto Funaki) and Sam (Sieni Leo’o Olo) looking for their grandmother’s (Yvonne Maea-Brown) music box for very different reasons. What starts as a simple search turns into a wild chase as they uncover family secrets and unexpected obstacles in a race to get the perfect present before Christmas Day.
Mama’s Music Box is the feature film debut for Sieni Leo’o Olo (a.k.a Bubbah) and first time in a lead role for Unaloto Funaki. It also marks the return of Yvonne Maea-Brown in her third feature film appearance.
Hear from the artists who are putting Western Sydney and Australian drill music on the global stage.
ONEFOUR's "My City" feat. The Kid LAROI is a defiant tirade that questions the narratives that surround their lives, but check it out as they look to unite outlying suburbs of Sydney.
The songs you know. The story you don't.
From Director Oscar Kightley comes DAWN RAID – the extraordinary untold story of acclaimed New Zealand music label Dawn Raid Entertainment and its two founders, Andy Murnane and Brotha D.
From humble beginnings selling t-shirts on the streets of South Auckland, this unlikely duo formed a legendary partnership that would defy the odds and become music royalty both at home and across the world.
The film explores the incredible challenges and struggles that were buried deep beneath the glamour of chart-topping hits with the hottest local and international talent – rifts between artists, unpaid tax debts, feelings of failure and betrayal – and the immeasurable musical legacy that was created in spite of this. Featuring some of New Zealand’s biggest hip-hop and RnB artists including Savage, Mareko, Adeaze and Aaradhna, DAWN RAID is an inspirational, heart pounding celebration of local home grown talent who not only gave a voice to their local community, but paved the way for a future generation of artists.…more
THREE PASIFIKA ACTORS FROM DOWN UNDER CAST IN DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON's BIOPIC SERIES "YOUNG ROCK"
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson announced the core cast for his upcoming NBC comedy series #YoungRock on his social media today.
The series is based on his childhood and formative years growing up. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Former 'Fresh off the Boat' showrunner Nahnatchka Khan will oversee the 11 episode series. She will co-write the comedy with her longtime collaborator Jeff Chiang. Dwayne Johnson himself will appear in every episode and he is also executive producing the series alongside the writers and his Seven Bucks productions partners Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Jennifer Carreras.
The series is expected to debut on NBC sometime in 2021 and will be filmed on the Gold Coast in Australia. We're looking forward to seeing more of our Pasifika actors from down under announced in this production.…more