APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association)
is honoured to announce Herbs
are the first inductees to be added to the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame for 2012.The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame
celebrates those artists and writers who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand through music.
broke down a great many doors when they came onto the scene in the early 1980s. They fused Pacific and Reggae sounds into something unique and relevant to this part of the world; they gave a voice to an emerging, politically-aware audience that had grown up with the Springbok Tour, Bastion Point and Mururoa, and they gave a generation of young Maori and Pasifika musicians and songwriters a new path to follow. Suddenly, the spotlight had moved, and original New Zealand music could be as culturally diverse as the people who make up this country. That spotlight hasn't shifted back; it's continued to expand to this day, and the vibrant, multi-cultural music scene that we now enjoy owes much of its existence to this one band." - Don McGlashan
, APRA New Zealand Writer Director.
Over 30 years, eight albums and 27 members, Herbs
are arguably the founding fathers of Pacific reggae in New Zealand. Throughout the bands career, Herbs
have kept their musical message clear in expressing gentle but effective protest.
have made an enormous contribution to the cultural fabric of life in this country, while forging a unique and original sound," says APRA's Anthony Healey. "This is a real honour to pay tribute to genuine pioneers in New Zealand music".
Herbs members being inducted are: Dilworth Karaka, Toni Fonoti, Phil Toms, Spencer Fusimalohi, John Berkley, Fred Faleauto and Charles Tumahai (deceased), Maurice Watene, Tama Lundon, Jack Allen, Carl Perkins, Willie Hona, Thom Nepia, Tama Renata, Gordon Joll, Grant Pukeroa, Kristen Hapi. Herbs
will be honoured and inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards, Auckland Town Hall on Thursday 13th September 2012.