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Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri
Christchurch-raised singer-songwriter Anika Moa burst onto the music scene after winning Most Promising Female Artist in the 1998 Smokefree Rockquest competition for secondary school musicians. This led to her being signed by Atlantic Records in New York to release her debut album The Thinking Room which went double-platinum in New Zealand. However, by 2002 she was unhappy with the corporate music world and the way her career was being controlled by others, turning her back on the United States record deal she returned to Aotearoa. Since then she has continued writing, recording and touring both solo and in collaborations with many other New Zealand artists.
After coming out as gay in 2007, Moa became an advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBTQI+ rights, and motherhood has seen her write and record best-selling albums for children.
More recently, her exuberant personality has lead to a successful career as a television host. Moa has fronted several talk-shows, including her own show Anika Moa Unleashed , as well as other projects such as the 2012 series Songs from the Inside in which she and musicians Maisey Rika, Ruia Aperahama and Warren Maxwell worked with prison inmates to explore songwriting and music making as a way for them to express their creativity.
Listen to this interview with Moa recorded shortly after her Rockquest success.
Find out more about Anika Moa:
Visit the Anika Moa website.
Explore this Anika Moa page on the Audioculture website.
Image: Anika Moa (supplied).
Catalogue Reference 30350
Producer: Pepsi Smokefree Rockquest