NZ Music Month - Pacific Music Highlight: Jubilee

Check out the winners of Smokefree Tangata Beats 2017, Jubilee, who released their bold and empowering song, ‘Fire' ahead of NZ Music Month.



The soul collective from Aorere College in Auckland who took out the national final of Smokefree Tangata Beats in last year's competition is made up of six members.


Vocalist Irene Folau says their win came down to some last minute, intense effort.


"Being in Year 13, as we were then, we had so much on. School had to come first, then we're also in a jazz band, so on the last night we just knuckled down in a really intense practice session".


As multi-instrumentalists who love expressing themselves through music, the members of Jubilee set themselves the challenge of writing about current events or pivotal life experiences.


Although they have a vibe that fits within the realms of soul, they fuse together many styles of music when writing, often deciding on an obscure genre to explore and make their own.


This can be heard in ‘Fire' - a powerful song of empowerment that slips effortlessly from English into Te Reo Māori and back, showcasing the group’s powerful vocals. of the group’s synth, brass, keys player Soakai Malamala.


Malamala also won the national MAINZ Best Musicianship Award in 2017, with tuition fees valued at over $4000.


Entrants in Smokefree Tangata Beats competed over winter 2017 in 37 heats and finals from Invercargill to Whangarei held in conjunction with Smokefreerockquest.


The national finalists were selected from videos sent by the regional winners and judged by a panel from the NZ music industry. Smokefree Tangata Beats entrants include an element of Māori or Pasifika culture in their performance.


Smokefree Tagata Beats standout successes include Nesian Mystik, the only New Zealand band to ever have 10 singles all certified gold or platinum; plus Ria Hall, Spacifix, Adeaze, Strangely Arousing and Alien Weaponry.


Check out the track via Apple or Spotify and watch Jubilee perform their single ‘Fire’ in 2017 on RNZ Music below: