We celebrate some of our incredible songwriters and composers tonight by announcing the winners for the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
APRA Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka:
All Your Ships Have Sailed by Troy Kingi (published by Loop Publishing | Kobalt Publishing)
APRA Maioha Award | Tohu Maioha:
Waitī Waitā by Maisey Rika and Seth Haapu (published by First Nation Music Aotearoa)
SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha:
The Bewilderness by David Donaldson, Janet Roddick, Steve Roche (Plan 9) published by Native Tongue Music Publishing
APRA Best Original Music in a Film Award | Tohu Pūmanawa:
Arli Liberman for Savage
APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award | Tohu Paerangi:
Karl Steven for Black Hands
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Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has won the 2021 APRA Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka for his funk-laden song ‘All Your Ships Have Sailed’ (published by Loop Publishing | Kobalt Publishing) taken from his nostalgia-filled record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar - the fourth album from Troy Kingi’s 10 10 10 series (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres).
The Ghost of Freddie Cesar is a deeply-personal record inspired by memories of Troy’s biological father who disappeared in 2005. While going through his father’s belongings Troy found a mysterious cassette tape with the name “Freddie Cesar” scribbled on the front – an exceptional yet relatively unknown African-American funk musician. Pulling from retro 70’s sounds, Troy Kingi and his band The Clutch
bring to life a character inspired by his missing father and the music discovered on this mysterious tape.
“Freddie Cesar gave me the memory blueprints or the spiritual blueprints for these waiata. And this particular one, I don’t 100% know what it’s about, but I feel like it’s about seeing your dreams pass you by, and not being able to retrieve them, but remembering you still have love for your whānau and love for your children and that’s enough purpose.”
“I’m humbled and honoured to receive this award. Thank you to APRA and the wider community for allowing it so, for deciding I was worthy of this award. Much gratitude.”
It is the third time Troy has been a top five finalist for the Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka, and the win (which is decided by votes from APRA members) is a wonderful acknowledgment from his songwriting peers on the impact of his work. It recognises his outstanding work, and will see his name engraved alongside other Aotearoa musical luminaries like Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Bic Runga, Ruban and Kody Nielson, Scribe and P Money, Chris Knox, Dave Dobbyn, and Shona Laing.