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    A Shihad life: 30 years of Kiwi rock

    A Shihad life: 30 years of Kiwi rock


    OPINION: I was 14 or maybe 15 when I first saw Kiwi rock band Shihad thrashing out a metal cover at...

    OPINION: I was 14 or maybe 15 when I first saw Kiwi rock band Shihad thrashing out a metal cover at Rockquest.
    Upper Hutt Posse to receive Legacy Award and VNZMA's

    Upper Hutt Posse to receive Legacy Award and VNZMA's


    Upper Hutt Posse will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at next month's music...

    Upper Hutt Posse will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at next month's music awards. 
    Womad announces strong Kiwi lineup along with diverse world music

    Womad announces strong Kiwi lineup along with diverse world music


    The organisers of New Zealand's Womad festival of music and arts have announced 20 acts and 10 World of Words artists for next year's three-day event, which is set to bring thousands of people to New Plymouth's Brooklands Park. Stephanie...

    The organisers of New Zealand's Womad festival of music and arts have announced 20 acts and 10 World of Words artists for next year's three-day event, which is set to bring thousands of people to New Plymouth's Brooklands Park. Stephanie Mitchell reports from Wednesday's launch event in Wellington and picks the top six acts to see.
    Scholarships to help young performers

    Scholarships to help young performers


    Three young performers stood out at the Musica Viva scholarship final and organisers say the competition was at its best this...

    Three young performers stood out at the Musica Viva scholarship final and organisers say the competition was at its best this year.
    Feeling the beat: World-renowned drummer Steve Gadd to play New Zealand

    Feeling the beat: World-renowned drummer Steve Gadd to play New Zealand


    The Rodger Fox Big Band is celebrating its 45th birthday in style - with world-renowned drummer Steve Gadd travelling from America to join the...

    The Rodger Fox Big Band is celebrating its 45th birthday in style - with world-renowned drummer Steve Gadd travelling from America to join the band.
    Eagles announce second Auckland concert

    Eagles announce second Auckland concert


    With the first Auckland show already a sell out, The Eagles have added a second Spark Arena performance to their 2019 tour of New...

    With the first Auckland show already a sell out, The Eagles have added a second Spark Arena performance to their 2019 tour of New Zealand.
    Mum-to-be pens a winning lullaby to soothe PM's baby Neve

    Mum-to-be pens a winning lullaby to soothe PM's baby Neve


    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a new lullaby she can sing to her daughter, but the words go back to...

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a new lullaby she can sing to her daughter, but the words go back to 1892.
    It's Wellington's Eminem moment, they own it, they better not let it go

    It's Wellington's Eminem moment, they own it, they better not let it go


    Wellington's had some performance blunders in the past, but Eminem is coming, and organisers say this is the capital's chance to capture the...

    Wellington's had some performance blunders in the past, but Eminem is coming, and organisers say this is the capital's chance to capture the moment.
    Kanye West reactivates Twitter account with bizarre video about mind control

    Kanye West reactivates Twitter account with bizarre video about mind control


    Kanye West is back on Twitter, choosing to reactivate his account with a series of bizarre videos, including a 10-minute rant on mind control. The rapper is currently in Uganda to finish recording his new album, Yandhi, and wasted no time in updating his...

    Kanye West is back on Twitter, choosing to reactivate his account with a series of bizarre videos, including a 10-minute rant on mind control.

    The rapper is currently in Uganda to finish recording his new album, Yandhi, and wasted no time in updating his 12.3 million followers on his location and worrying state of mind on Saturday. 

    In the first video, titled "Aha," the 41-year-old star gives a brief tour of the Chobe Safari Lodge five-star luxury resort, where he is staying with wife Kim Kardashian and their three children - North, Saint and Chicago. The next video, which he called "Mind Control," Kanye launched into a 10-minute rant during which he mentioned his "Mensa-level" IQ, and criticised the influence of social media.

    "You know, when people try to influence you through social media and try to tell you what to do or if you post something that's positive on Instagram and it gets taken down if it's not part of a bigger agenda, you know, that's like mind control," he explained.