Story: Samoans

King Kapisi

King Kapisi

At the end of the 20th century a younger generation of Samoan musicians drew on their urban experience to communicate what it meant to be Samoan in New Zealand. The Wellington-raised Samoan King Kapisi, known to his family as Bill Urale, became one of the country’s best hip hop artists. His songs address topics such as the dumping of nuclear waste, dawn raids on Pacific Island overstayers, and the negative effects of organised religion on Polynesian societies. He is shown here performing at Victoria University in 2004.

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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - Contributions to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015