Celebrating New Zealand music month: Great Kiwi albums…

My choice of 10 great Kiwi albums

May is New Zealand Music Month, a celebration of Kiwi music.  New Zealand has a rich, vibrant music scene which has led to the creation of many excellent musicians over the years. I thought I would highlight a few great albums from Kiwi artists.

Here is my personal pick of 10 great New Zealand albums in no particular order:

1. Traction, Supergroove, 1994


2. Big Canoe, Tim Finn, 1986


3. Based on a true story, Fat Freddys Drop, 2005


4. Crowded House, Crowded House, 1986


5. Revival, Katchafire, 2003


6. Loyal, Dave Dobbyn, 1986


7. What to do with fire, Brooke Fraser, 2003


8. Broadcast, Strawpeople, 1992


9. Six 60, Six60, 2011


10. Natures Best, Various artists, 2002



There are many excellent New Zealand music albums and this is simply a small fraction. All of these albums are worth listening to but if you want an overview of Kiwi musicians find a copy of Natures Own which is a compilation of New Zealand music from the 1960’s-2000’s.

What is your favorite Kiwi album?

NZ Music Month @ CPIT Library

Check out some of our new CD’s that have arrived in the Library in time for New Zealand Music Month.  Music from Katchafire On the Road Again, Tiki Tane In the World of Light, Flip Grater While I’m Awake I’m at War, Barnaby Weir Tarot Card Rock, Anika Moa Love in Motion, Anna Coddington Cat and Bird and Julia Deans Modern Fables and many more titles are available for loan.  Cd’s of contemporary New Zealand music not on the display can be found at M 1630.18.

Along with CD’s you can find a variety of resources on New Zealand musicians and music including a recent arrival Blue Smoke: the Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918 – 1964, by Chris Bourke.  It is an illustrated history of popular New Zealand music before rock n roll.

Music month displaySome of you may have caught some live music already this month and maybe even been fortunate enough to see Anna Coddington and Julia Deans perform at the Loons in Lyttleton on Sunday 8th May as part of their Keepsakes Tour.  Now is a chance to see many more musicians perform their music as this Saturday 14 May Chartfest 2011 will be held here at CPIT in the CPSA building. 

The day kicks off with a free performance by the Feelers in the CPSA building at 11.30 am and Chartfest  2011 doors open at 1.30 pm.  Further details of what bands perform when can be found by clicking on the Chartfest link above.

This year along with the live music , CPIT will host a Music Industry Expo to be held in the Atrium from 2-6 pm. This will be an opportunity for people to meet with music industry professionals.

Sounds like lots to do and hear – see you there!


Are you a New Zealand music fan?

New Zealand album covers from CPIT library staff personal collections

How many of the above records from the last 30 years of New Zealand Music can you identify? (Double click on the image to zoom in)  Can you spot Flying Nun’s answer to We are the world/Do they know it’s christmas from 1985?  Which record features a current CPIT staff member? (Hint: we don’t have a Bats record featured).  One of the more collectable early Flying Nun records is in there somewhere (it can fetch $100.00 – $150.00 on Trade Me), do you know which one it is?  There is an album here that won 2 album awards at last years New Zealand Music Awards and 1 at the Australian Aria Music Awards, the artist themselves won 8 awards in total trans Tasman. Who are they? Please feel free to submit your answers as comments (in this very blog!).  Answers will be revealed next week.

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we have a display of New Zealand album covers just inside the library. We are also hoping to have some bands from CPIT Jazz School playing in the library before the month is over.  Watch this space for more information.

We also have some fantastic New Zealand music resources in the library.  There is the classic Stranded in paradise by John Dix, 100 essential New Zealand albums by Nick Bollinger, and “Have you checked the children?”: punk and postpunk in New Zealand, 1977-1981 by Wade Churton.  We also have DVDs such as Nesian Mystik : for the people, and CD’s such as The Great New Zealand Song Book.

CPIT is one of the sponsors for ChartFest an annual music industry expo held during New Zealand Music Month.  Our friends over at Christchurch City Libraries are also right behind New Zealand Music Month as usual with an amazing line-up of live music happening across the library network. 

Go New Zealand Music, Go New Zealand libraries!