Cover art for Te Vaka's most recent release. [Te Vaka website]

Te Vaka’s lead singer and chief songwriter, Opetaia Foa’i, has won second place in the World Music section at the recent 2011 International Songwriting Competition. Foa’i’s accolade, his third at the competition, also brings up to fifty the total number of wins and honourable mentions for New Zealand artists over the last decade.

This year brought an impressive four wins and four honourable mentions for New Zealand artists. Including Foa’i, who won second place for “Lovely World,” a track off Te Vaka’s most recent album Havali,

Other New Zealand, Maori and Pacific artists have either won or received commendations over the years but leading the way for multiple returns to the podium however, is Opetaia Foa’i and Te Vaka. As mentioned, this year’s win marks the third time he has been placed in the World category. He won it in 2008, with “Tamahana,” a Te Vaka song co-written with Malcolm Smith, and was placed second in 2004, with “Samulai.” In that year, “Pate Pate Radio Mix,” also received an honourable mention.

Te Vaka are up for two awards at this month’s Pacific Music Awards, to be held May 31 at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre. Havalihas been nominated for the Best Pacific Language award, while Te Vaka are up for Best Pacific Group.

Source: Te Vaka Media Release


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