RAIZA BIZA ‘Stolen Youth’

This week’s Local Eye’s is from Rwandan-Kiwi rapper Raiza Biza. ‘Stolen Youth’ is his follow up to his outstanding Black Hole Sun EP, which was a collaboration between REMI and Black Milk (with guest verses by Sampa The Great), as well as cuts alongside Melodownz and Illbaz for their High Beams project. This brand new track is the first release from his forthcoming...

CHURCH & AP ‘ROULETTE’

With a national tour under their belt, this week’s Local Eye’s is Church & AP‘s brand new single ‘Roulette’, produced by their frequent collaborator Dera Meelan. “We’re not trying to play it safe. We aren’t jumping on a new trend from across the ditch, or sticking to what we know,” Church & AP. Church and AP met on the first...

FATHE – What I See

This weeks Local Eyes is a beautiful track called ‘What I See’ from NZ via Ethiopia artist FATHE, filmed, edited and directed by Vinnie Carter. FATHE (pronounced Faht-he) is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from Ethiopia, East Africa who has been living in New Zealand since he was 15....

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PHARAOH SWAMI ‘Yene Nefsie (Juice Edit)’

Local Eyes this week is an edit and rendition of the YCee and Maleek Berry 2017 hit ‘Juice’, by Ethiopian born/Auckland based artist Pharaoh Swami titled ‘Yene Nefsie’. Drawing inspiration from the original African artists, Pharoah has created his version of the track which is about celebrating love and happiness....

CHAII ‘Digebasse (Enough)’

This week’s Local Eyes is another visually stunning video from NZ-raised Persian rapper CHAII.  Self-produced and rapped in both English and Farsi she is rapidly gathering herself a strong following. ‘Digebasse (Enough)’ was filmed against the visually spectacular backdrop of Oman and is a statement is a statement of self-empowerment...

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LOREN SILA ‘Fight for me’

This weeks Local Eyes is a powerful song with powerful visuals to match by Christchurch Singer, Dancer and Choreographer Loren Sila. The video from beginning to end will give you chills as Loren takes you on a journey of self empowerment by overcoming her inner demons played out by...

LA COCO ‘Waiting’

This week’s Local Eyes is from Vodafone Pacific Music Awards and Waiata Maori Music Awards nominee La Coco. La Coco’s latest banger Waiting which is accompanied by a bewitching official video by RockSolidVisualz Waiting is taken from her third EP, Out Of Time, is due for release mid-2019. Follow La Coco: FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD| SPOTIFY |...

YOKO-ZUNA ‘Minority’ (feat. Noah Slee)

This week’s local eye’s video is Yoko-Zuna‘s stunning new video for ‘Minority’, taken off their brand new album Voyager. Featuring beautiful vocals from Berlin-based Kiwi Noah Slee. The video is another incredibly cinematic entry into the Yoko-Zuna visual canon, created by Yoko-Zuna drummer Swap Gomez, who runs video production company...

RUSH WEPIHA – Greatness feat. DJ Spell

The debut track from Aotearoa native MC, Bboy and Youth mentor Rush Wepiha is this week’s Local Eye video. Rush is joined by DJ Spell, one of New Zealand’s most respected turntablists and Hip Hop producers. This track calls upon the co-production of Wawang and Abraham Kunin with Marika Hodgson on Bass for what is a heavy...

TALI ‘Eye On You’

This week’s Local Eyes is from New Zealand’s First Lady of Drum n Bass Tali. Taken from her first DnB album in over seven years ‘Eye On You’ is the lead track from ‘Love & Migration’ out on October 26th. After leaving NZ in 2001 for the UK, Tali signed to Full Cycle Records...

POETIK ‘For My City’

This week’s local eyes video is POETIK ‘For My City’. Taken from the HAMOFIED EP, ‘For My City’ is produced by SmokeyGotBeatz with the video directed by Jordan Cherrington. Ventry Parker aka POETIK is an independent kiwi artist born in Hamilton but raised in Apia, Samoa. As a son of a well known...

HIGH HØØPS ‘Madly’

This week’s local eyes video is the latest singles from HIGH HØØPS ‘Madly’, which is taken from his debut album ‘Season on Planet Earth’ due out this Friday (September 21st) While ‘Madly’ has a head over heels romance vibe, it goes much deeper in the funk and disco...

UNCHAINED XL ‘What You Said’

This week’s Local eyes is the latest from Unchained XL and was filmed over in the UK, in Liverpool, Leeds, and Cardiff. Describing the track as “Afrofunk Meets Grime” The song depicts Unchained XL confronting an unnamed friend/associate about their persistent failure to follow up on their promises and resolutions. ‘What...

NOAH SLEE ‘Stayed’

Born in New Zealand but now based in Berlin, singer and multi-instrumentalist Noah Slee released his debut album Otherland last year, to considerable acclaim. Now he’s back with the video for the album’s latest single, “Stayed”, directed and filmed by Adam Sait. The track itself makes clever use of rousing, minimalist chords for a...

JESS B ‘Take It Down (feat. RUBI DU)’

This week’s local eyes is the brand new single from Auckland rapper JessB. ‘Take It Down’ is produced by P-Money and features Rubi Du aka Silva MC. JessB topped off her release by rocking it at Auckland City Limits last weekend. Her debut, E.P ‘Bloom‘ will drop March 16th,...

RIA HALL ‘Black Light (feat. MARA TK)’

Ria Hall will be opening the main stage at Splore this Friday 6.30-7.30pm, so this week’s Local Eyes video is ‘Black Light’ (feat. Mara TK) With the release of her debut self-titled EP, Ria Hall became a blazing new female presence on the NZ music scene. Winning multiple awards...

BOSTON RODRIGUEZ ‘Quiero Cantar (feat. JAH RED LION)’

Shot 5 years ago at the old Base FM headquarter this week’s local eyes video is Boston Rodriguez “Quiero Cantar” ft Jah Red Lion. Constituting 4000+ photographs put together by videographer Lydia Dolbel this stylish video features both singer and lyricist Jah Red Lion and producer Boston Rodriguez on night maneuvers at the infamous old Base...

TIKI TAANE ‘Tangaroa’

Waitangi day seems like the perfect day to look back at a classic track by Tiki Taane. ‘Tangaroa’ or God of the Sea is a personal story told in this short film edited by Tim Budgen The track includes tribal elements including a haka performed by Taane’s father....