VMAs: Finalists for Māori Album of the Year announced

By Online News - Rereātea
  • Auckland

Three outstanding albums are finalists in the Te Māngai Pāho Best Māori Album section at the annual Vodafone Music Awards.

Kirsten Te Rito's second te reo Māori album Aiotanga was announced as a finalist. The album is a deeply personal collection of songs that experiment with genre to create a unique journey for the listener.

He's no stranger to the Vodafone Music Awards - Rob Ruha is back in the running for his album Pūmau. Ruha won Best Māori Album in 2014 for his debut EP Tiki Tapu.

A legend in the New Zealand music scene, Dennis Marsh is the third finalist with his 28th album Māori Songbook 2.

This year's award is sponsored by Te Māngai Pāho, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Puni Kōkiri.

The awards night, to be held on 17 November, features live performances from the likes of Shapeshifter, MAALA, Aaradhna, Kings, Tami Nielson, Fat Freddy's Drop and Bic Runga.

The event will also be televised live from 8:30pm on TV3.