Albums for Christmas/Kirihimete
So, only a few sleeps stand between now and Christmas! To give you a bit of help with last minute shopping or festive scene-setting, here are some great Kirihimete albums from kiwi artists.
They're even available from Amplifier digitally, meaning you can download them in good time for Christmas Day.
Happy shopping, and Meri Kirihimete from all of us here at Amplifier!
Various - Pohutukawas & Pavlova
70 years of Kiwi Christmas songs! Includes a 16 page booklet with a history of the songs and snapshots of the most popular Xmas presents from each decade.
Featuring over 30 songs from John Rowles, Pixie Williams, Billy T James, Missy Teka, Fred Dagg, Howard Morrison, The Fourmyula, Deane Waretini, The Avengers, The Stars of C'mon '68, Buzzy Bee and Friends, Ricky May, Dalvanius and the Fascinations, The Neketini Brass, Larry's Rebels, Daphne Walker and many more.
The HK Crew ("HK" stands for "Hana Koko" which translates to "Santa Claus" in English) comprises members from Fat Freddy's Drop, Wai and Maia who were assembled by MC Dasha to create the first ever album of Christmas songs to be recorded in te reo Maori.
Following in the footsteps of other radio-friendly smash hit artists like Cliff Richard and The Darkness, Merry Kriskmass includes The Phoenix Foundation's first ever Christmas single Everybody's Money.
The Krisk is a small stuffed white man who rides a reindeer. This incongruous character has inspired a nice little EP, which shows a different side to the band, and the same sides all over again.
Merry Kriskmass was recorded at the Car Club & Surgery Studio with Lee Prebble and Brett Stanton.
Various Artists - Merry Christmas Baby
Merry Christmas Baby features songs by a hand-picked line-up of exceptional local talent, including Jordan Luck, Opshop, Hollie Smith, Annie Crummer, Kirsten Morrell (Goldenhorse), Nathan King, Whirimako Black, Shona Laing, Mahinarangi Tocker, House Of Shem, Jackie Clarke and Monique Rhodes!
All profits will be steered directly back into all the Plunket areas of New Zealand.
The Pirongia Mountain Men are Keith Pendergrast and Chappy Farrell.
This album has ten original tracks and cruises out a couple of traditional Christmas blues numbers - Merry Christmas Baby and Santa Claus - plus two Christmas stories told by "The Gardener", Michael Joyce
Choristers and Lay Clerks of Nelson Cathedral, along with members of the Nelson School of Music Choir, join together to sing some of the world's most beloved Christmas carols.
Raymond White was the organist and Master of the Choristers at the time of this recording. Originally released through Ode Records
This is Bach Musica New Zealand's offering, in the form of traditional Christmas music.
Founded in 1977, Bach Musica is a choir and orchestra specialising in music of the Baroque and Classical periods; now widely recognized as one of New Zealand's premier Baroque ensembles.
Various - A Very Kiwi Christmas
Stunning vocals, fantastic arrangements, wonderfully heartwarming sing-along carols, quality production and a great kiwi vibe all combine to make A Very Kiwi Christmas a great Christmas album indeed.
It also features contributions from Erakah, Bella Kalolo, and Timo Morisa.
The Very Kiwi Christmas project proudly supports Ronald McDonald House® with $1.00 from every retail sale going to support desperately ill children and their families.