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Announcing the Top 5 finalists for the 2022 Silver Scroll | Kaitito Kaiaka

Story Published Thursday 1 September 2022
The 2022 Silver Scroll Top 5 have been announced!

Aotearoa’s elaborate musical landscape has produced a Top 5 finalists list like no other for the 2022 APRA Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka. The coveted award has been a mark of excellence in New Zealand songwriting for over 55 years and this year’s finalists are each worthy contestants to join the prestigious Silver Scroll legacy.

2022 APRA Silver Scroll | Kaitito Kaiaka Top 5

  • 35 written by Rob Ruha, Kaea Hills, Te Amorutu Broughton, Ainsley Tai, Dan Martin, Whenua Patuwai, performed by Ka Hao and Rob Ruha
  • Beyond the Stars written by Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson performed by Tami Neilson and Willie Nelson (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
  • Girl At Night written by Natalie Hutton, Minnie Robberds, Joel Becker, Angus Murray, performed by There’s A Tuesday (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
  • He Ōrite written by Troy Kingi*, Iraia Whakamoe, Ryan Prebble, James Coyle, performed by Troy Kingi and The Nudge (*LOOP Publishing Limited/Kobalt Music Publishing)
  • My Boy written and performed by Marlon Williams (Native Tongue Music Publishing)

Te Tairāwhiti choir Ka Hao and Rob Ruha’s feel good waiata ‘35’ gained international recognition after going viral across multiple social media platforms in late 2021. Written by Rob Ruha, Kaea Hills, Te Amorutu Broughton, Ainsley Tai, Dan Martin and Whenua Patuwai the local anthem, which is a nod to the highway that runs along the East Coast, has over 8 million streams on Spotify alone and was Ka Hao’s first single preceding the release of their debut album Ka Hao: One Tira, One Voice. The coming together of Rob Ruha and Ka Hao is seamless, as a project to promote and revitalise te Reo Māori, the group's name refers to the proverb ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi (as the old fishing net is worn, a new one is made), referring to youth growing up and entering adulthood. With his distinguished and respected kaitiaki of waiata reo and rangatahi in Aotearoa, Rob Ruha is the perfect conduit to welcome Ka Hao into the legacy of Silver Scroll.

Tami Neilson is a force to be reckoned with and her 5th album, Kingmaker is a sturdy reminder of the determination and will-power she wields. Written alongside New Zealand’s accoladed & adored country troubadour Delaney Davidson, ‘Beyond the Stars’ sounds of sadness, and in many ways, is an aural reflection of the complete consumption that grief is capable of - A theme that is explored throughout Kingsmaker. However, the distinctive depth of Willie Neilson’s voice on ‘Beyond The Stars’ plays into the narrative perfectly and really drives home the deliberate nature in which this song and it’s message, have been composed.

Hailing from Ōtautahi (Christchurch), There’s A Tuesday are a four-piece indie-pop band who, with their earworm ‘Girl At Night’ have landed proudly in this year’s Top 5. Natalie Hutton, Minnie Robberds, Angus Murray and Joel Becker catapulted onto the Aotearoa music scene after winning Smoke-free Rockquest in 2019, before going on to drop their debut EP Dance With Me Before We Cry – featuring the fan-favourite hit ‘Amsterdam’. The gentle honesty of their composition, coupled with Nat and Minnie’s melting vocals lead to BENEE signing There’s A Tuesday with Olive Records, with whom they have recently released Boy Scout - The six track EP showcasing the homely, generosity of each TAT members distinct indie sound. You’ll find ‘Girl At Night’ as track two of this dreamy taste tester.

Off the back of his 2021 Silver Scroll for ‘All Your Ships Have Sailed’ Troy Kingi returns to the Silver Scroll Top 5 for the second year running. This time accompanied by Iraia Whakamoe, Ryan Prebble and James Coyle AKA The Nudge for their waiata reo Māori, ‘He Ōrite’. Having shared stages and shows together since 2020, it was only a matter of time before the seeds of collaboration began to sprout between the two acts - ‘He Ōrite’ is the fruits of this labour. Meaning ‘The Same’, ‘He Ōrite’ possesses a poignant and timely message: that we are all equal. This funky waiata is laced with The Nudge’s signature psychedelic/funk baselines and drums, while Kingi’s unmissable vocal tones wrap the whole ensemble together, delivering a message that not only Aotearoa, but the whole world needs to hear right now.

The decorated Marlon Williams is the fifth finalist for this year’s Silver Scroll | Kaitito Kaiaka for his latest hit ‘My Boy’. Ahead of his album release by the same name, due September 9th, Marlon said “My Boy is a pop song with a Māori folk strum. The urge to turn every song on the planet into a Māori strummer descended on me like a fever sometime during the long and winding tour cycle of Make Way for Love. So, writing it into my artistic life became the only way to get the fever to lift.” And perhaps it was not so much that the fever stopped for Williams, but rather that it was woven into his works and has been gifted to his listeners. ‘My Boy’ is catchy - from the melody to the structure and the hook... especially the hook.

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

The other awards presented on the night are:

  • APRA Maioha Award, celebrating exceptional waiata featuring te reo Māori
  • SOUNZ Contemporary Award, celebrating excellence in contemporary composition
  • APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award
  • APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award

All awards will be presented at a private event held at Spark Arena on Tuesday 18th October.

With thanks to Hallertau Brewery

Artwork designed by Miriama Grace-Smith


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