Story: Popular music

King Kapisi

Polynesian New Zealanders have made an important contribution to rap music in New Zealand. King Kapisi (Bill Urale) was born in New Zealand of Samoan parents, and his heritage infuses his music. The video for 'Screems from da old plantation' (2000), shown above, was filmed in Samoa. 

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Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - Māori and Pacific music, 1980s and 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 March 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014