ARTIST: King Kapisi
Samoan artist King Kapisi aka Bill Urale was the first Polynesian hip-hop artist to receive the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for Songwriter of the Year for his single Reverse Resistance in 1999.
King Kapisi has released three albums, Savage Thoughts (2000) and 2nd Round Testament (2003) and Dominant Species (2005) they were released in Australia with local sales hitting the gold status mark.
The award-winning artist was nominated for 13 awards at the 2001 New Zealand B.Net Awards and took home seven of the prizes including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Music Video. His visually striking music videos, some of which have been directed by him, have also won numerous awards including Flying Fish Music Video Awards, Mai Time TVNZ and Juice TV.
King Kapisi has performed alongside Janet Jackson, Moby, Black Eyed Peas, Beastie Boys, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Red Hot Chili-Peppers and many more.
King Kapisi has performed and gigged at almost every major music festival and event in New Zealand as well as tours to Australia, Japan, Fiji, Hawai'i, Tonga, Samoa and in the past two years touring extensively in Canada, Germany, Ireland, England, Norway and the USA...