MAZBOU Q ‘To The Gates’

This week’s Local Eyes is a cinematic visual from Mazbou Q for his track ‘To The Gates’. Formerly known as Unchained XL, this UK-born, Tāmaki Makaurau based Nigerian Kiwi rapper reveals a vulnerable side with a soulful, R&B influenced self-produced track taken from his forthcoming EP. His unique musical background...

JORDAN GAVET ‘Hesitation’

The self-described “new girl” Jordan Gavet released her solo debut single Hesitation in early September 2019 and was promptly picked up for NZ On Air‘s NewTracks compilation in November. Definitely one to watch as you might recognise her voice from The Doqument‘s 2014 album ‘Black Canvas’ or Fiji’s 2015 song One Night and Base FM predicts a...

DISCIPLE PATI ‘The Boy Who Cried Woman’

This weeks Local Eyes is also a debut single from Disciple Pati, an up and coming Samoan Alternative RnB artist from Auckland. This particular song and stunning video, showcases the resilience Samoan people have – ‘we go through so much in New Zealand as a minority, and this...

ISRAEL STARR ‘Rub A Dub’

  This week’s Local Eyes is from Award winning Reggae producer and singer/songwriter Israel Starr. ‘Rub A Dub’ was produced, written, arranged and composed all by Israel himself and is the first single off his forthcoming album ‘Inspiration’. Directed by Shae Stirling, ‘Rub A Dub’ was shot in...

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....

LEISURE ‘The Hype (Visualiser)’

This week’s Local Eyes is from LEISURE, directed by Jordan Arts of The LEISURE Collective. The video stars a man practising Tai Chi while the world accelerates around him. “This song is a reminder to not get sucked into the vortex of bullshit and false motives. Inhale, exhale and...

TALKING POINTS: CHE FU ‘2b S.PACIFIC’ with POETIK

TALKING POINTS on BASE FM hosted by MAX OLDFIELD Thanks to NZ On Air Music March 2019 Guest reviewer: Poetik Featured release: Che Fu – 2b S.Pacific Released: 1998 Featured track #1: Waka Featured track #2: Scene III Featured track #3: Without a Doubt Poetik is an Auckland...

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...

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THE SETTLERS ‘Set it Straight’

Christchurch hip-hop crew The Settlers release their new single ‘Set It Straight’. The Settlers; a thriving hip-hop crew from Lyttleton Harbour in Christchurch, have released their first single ‘Set It Straight’ from their forthcoming EP ‘Speech’, produced by Tia Drumma. ‘Speech’, continues the theme established in their ‘Steps’...

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MILOUX ‘Lay Back’

The first single from an upcoming full-length album in 2019, ‘Lay Back’ was written and produced by MILOUX, with additional production and engineering by the incomparable Ben Lawson at Red Bull Studios in Auckland. This is MILOUX’S first solo single since the release of her EP2 in 2017,...

CHURCH & AP ‘Ready or Not’

CHURCH & AP give us a taste of what’s to come with the absolutely slapping ‘Ready or Not’.  With a sound not often found in these shores, the track showcases Church’s ability to use his voice across multiple stylistic forefront’s and delivery with punching bars and cadence. Mark...