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...Also known as “the Maori Cowboy,” Johnny Cooper was a New Zealand country singer and guitarist who arguably introduced rock ‘n’ roll to his country. Cooper was born in 1928 in Wairoa, New Zealand. On his family farm, inspired...

Dunedin

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

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...Population: 112,000 (2001)Situated in the South Island, Dunedin was settled by Europeans in the 1840s – mainly Scottish immigrants, who brought with them the music and instruments of their homeland. Pipe bands, Scottish country dancing...

John Rowles

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...Sir John Edward Rowles is a Maori singer from New Zealand. Rowles was born on March 26, 1947, in Whakatane, New Zealand, and was raised in Kawerau. His original name was simply John Rowles, but he added the middle name “Edward” in memory...

Che Fu

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...Born into a politically active Rastafarian family in Auckland, New Zealand in 1974, Che-Fu’s career hinged on the ability to combine global hip-hop sounds with regional Pasifika music. He was born Che Ness to a Maori mother and Niuean...

Split Enz

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...Split Enz was one of the most successful and longest running bands in New Zealand, known for its members donning extravagant costumes and hairdos during live performances. University friends Tim Finn (on vocals and piano) and Phil Judd (on...

Christchurch

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

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...Population: 334,000 (2001) Situated on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is New Zealand’s third-largest metropolitan center. The city was one of the original ‘Wakefield Company planned settlements’ of the 1850s...

Auckland

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

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...Population: 1,074,510 (2001) Auckland, New Zealand’s largest metropolitan center, is situated in the northern part of the country. During the nineteenth century, its economy and port were closely linked...

Wellington

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

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...Population: 339,000 (2001) Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, having been the official home of Parliament since 1865. The city is situated at the southern end of the North Island, on Cook Strait, around one...

Aotearoa/New Zealand: Pakeha (European)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

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...Population: 3,951,307 (2003) New Zealand, or Aotearoa (the frequently used Maori name), is a South Pacific country, physically roughly the size of the United Kingdom. It consists of two large islands, along with a number...

Aotearoa/New Zealand: Maori and Pacific Islander Music

Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell is an honorary research associate at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Popular Music and Local Identity: Rock, Pop and Rap in Europe and Oceania (1994), editor of Global Noise: Rap and Hip hop outside the USA (2001), co-editor of North Meets South: Popular Music in Aotearoa New Zealand (2004), Sounds of Then, Sounds of Now: Popular Music in Australia (2007), Home, Land and Sea: Situating Music in Aotearoa New Zealand (2011) Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

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...Population: Maori: 383,277 (2003); Pacific Islander: 150,150 (2003) From Hawaiian Combos to Acid Rock The native inhabitants of Aotearoa (‘the land of the long white cloud’), the Maori,...