Levity Beet Wins APRA Children's Song Of The Year
Presented last week in Christchurch at Starfest - the finale of Kidsfest - the award for the APRA Children's Song of the Year was won by Levity Beet with his song 'Sometimes I Make Mistakes'. The independent panel of judges described the winning song as an enjoyable analysis covering a big topic. Built over a structure of music that is in no way cliché, the song is simply unique.
Also presented was the What Now Children's Video of the Year, which was awarded to The Chucklebees for the video 'Amazing', created by Raquel Sims, Amanda Berryman and Jessica Manins, and written by Jamie Burgess. As voted by viewers of popular children's show What Now, the winner of the Video Award is truly a "kid's choice".
Levity Beet first came to prominence winning the APRA Children's Song of the Year 2009 with Little Blue, his song about a little blue penguin. Levity's music is original, quirky and saturated in kiwi culture. His performances often feature newly invented music instruments and is an encouraging experience for anyone interested in playing music.
Winning Video of the Year 'Amazing' is performed by The Chucklebees, who are an educational music group promoting individuality. The creators of the video - director Raquel Sims, producer Amanda Berryman and co-producer Jessica Manins - are part of Wellington-based Treetop Productions. Raquel directed the APRA nominated song and video 'Lets Go' in 2009 by The Plops, now known as The Chucklebees.
APRA New Zealand Director Ant Healey says: "It is always so heartening to see kids getting into music from a young age, especially when the messages are wonderfully educational such as in this year's winning songs. Congratulations to the songwriters and creators behind the Children's Song and Video of the Year".