The performing arts collective Pacific Underground, formed in Christchurch in the 90s, will be recognised at this year’s Vodafone Pacific Music Awards this June for their significant 20-year plus contribution to Pacific music.
Known for sharing Pasifika stories from Pacific communities in New Zealand through theatre, music shows and events with collaborations with artists all over the Pacific, Pacific Underground started in a grassroots way.
Pacific Music Awards Trust spokesperson Rev Mua Strickson-Pua says the collective has occupied a central space in the local scene and across a wide variety of mediums since its formation.
The collective was first formed in Christchurch in 1993 and has been led by Pos Mavaega and Tanya Muagututi'a for the past 17 years diversifying the collective’s involvement in performing arts and strengthening its behind-the-scenes activities.
The Pacific Music Lifetime Achievement Award is not the first time Pacific Underground have been acknowledged for their work.
The group have also won the Cultural Diversity Award from the Human Rights Commission and the Media Peace Award from Radio NZ.
They will be honoured at the Pacific Music Awards ceremony on Thursday June 9 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, joining the likes of Herbs, Annie Crummer, Ardijah, Bill Sevesi and The Yandall Sisters.