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Shona Laing awarded the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award for South (1987)

Shona Laing awarded the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award for South (1987)

Posted May 05, 2020
New Zealand Music

Media Release: Taite Music Prize

Shona Laing awarded the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award for South (1987)

Shona Laing has been celebrated with an award that acknowledges an iconic New Zealand record that continues to inspire today.

This year’s Taite Music Prize awards panel gave praise to Shona Laing’s synth-soaked album South released in 1987 on Pagan Records (NZ). South marked a significant shift in Shona’s career where synth-pop suddenly took the reins, her insightful lyrics, both poetic and political, remained.

Following South, Shona toured internationally, produced five more albums, received two APRA Silver Scroll awards and was inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame in 2013.Upon receiving the Classic Record award Shona expressed her joy in saying “It’s blissful. It’s the sweetest award I think I’ve ever had.”

The annual ceremony took a slightly different stage this year due to COVID-19 regulations. Originally to take place at Auckland’s Q Theatre in April, the awards ceremony found a new home via webstream.Kiwis nationwide tuned into the prestigious awards alongside some of Aotearoa’s finest musicians to watch winners accept their awards through video.

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The Taite Music Prize highlights outstanding New Zealand albums released in the past calendar year. The award is open to all genres of music from any record label and judged on artistic merit, regardless of genre or sales. Named after the late Dylan Taite, one of the country’s most highly respected music journalists, The Taite Music Prize recognises outstanding creativity in an entire collection of music contained on one recording.