Story: Popular music

Herbs, 'French letter '95'

Herbs were in the vanguard of the Pacific reggae sound in New Zealand, and many of their songs had a political message. The 1982 song 'French letter' was an overt but upbeat protest against French nuclear testing in the Pacific. The song was re-released in 1995 when the French government announced plans to resume nuclear testing at Moruroa atoll in French Polynesia. 

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Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - Māori and Pacific music, 1980s and 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014