Raggamuffin Festival Joins Forces With Pacific Music Awards
Raggamuffin Festival is extending it's support of Pacific music, announcing a collaboration with the Pacific Music Awards Trust. On Thursday 31 May two major events celebrating Pacific music will be held at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre - the 2012 Pacific Music Awards and the Raggamuffin Roadtrip concert.
"The events will run side by side, presenting the best Pacific music talent from New Zealand and around the world" explains Raggamuffin Festival Director Jackie Sanders, "expect some guest appearances and surprises at both and a massive finale with Fiji who is celebrating his 20th Anniversary in the music industry."
"We see this as the beginning of a long term relationship between the Pacific Music Awards and the Raggamuffin Festival" continues Ms Sanders, "Key outcomes of this relationship will be the continued acknowledgment and support for Pacific music, recognition for the success of Pacific music artists both locally and overseas; and more performance opportunities for Pacific music artists within Raggamuffin events"
To mark the occasion, South Auckland reggae stars Three Houses Down have been added to the line up on 31 May. With Samoan and Tongan members, this 10 piece band have just released a new single 'She's My Woman' featuring international superstar Spawnbreezie, also of Samoan and Tongan descent. The single will be available from on Friday 18 May and you can see them perform it live, with Spawnbreezie on 31 May in Manukau.
Raggamuffin Roadtrip continues with dates in Christchurch, Porirua, Hastings and Rotorua. Headliner Fiji will be joined by J Boog, Hot Rain, Spawnbreezie and Morgan Heritage's very own Peetah Morgan! NZ is represented by Sons of Zion and Soljah and fans have voted Merchants of Flow (Christchurch), Oku Roots (Porirua) and Majic Anania (Hawkes Bay) on to their local line-ups. Due to time restrictions on Queen's Birthday, Monday 4 June, we unfortunately are unable to add a local band in Rotorua.
Christchurch fans obviously couldn't wait for their taste of Raggamuffin, with tickets for The Bedford on Friday 1 June selling like hotcakes! The location of the Bedford marquee has now been confirmed as 198 Hereford St, but if you want to be there book soon to avoid disappointment!
All updates and event info can be found on the RaggamuffinNZ Facebook page and at http://www.raggamuffin.co.nz
RAGGAMUFFIN ROADTRIP CONCERTS
Thursday 31 May
TelstraClear Pacific Event Centre, Manukau
Friday 1 June
The Bedford, Christchurch
Saturday 2 June
Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua
Sunday 3 June
Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings
Monday 4 June
Energy Event Centre, Rotorua