The Mentors (Musicians)
Best known for her hit singles ‘Like Water’ and ‘Walk Right Up’, Ladi6 brings hip-hop and smooth rhythms to the Christchurch Women’s Prison. With a particular flair for rhythmic beats and having many friends in the NZ music industry, Ladi6 brought the women’s songs to another level by drawing on her experience, skills and connections. A wonderfully supportive and dedicated lady, Songs from the Inside benefitted greatly from her participation in Series Three.
Well-known rapper and hip-hop artist of hits such as ‘Not Many’ and ‘Dreaming’, Scribe returned to his hometown of Christchurch to bring rap and rhythm to the Christchurch Men’s Prison. Constantly challenging the students to reach their song-writing potential, he pushed several of the students to the limit in the aim of producing the best possible song they could. Encouraging them to write from the heart, Scribe was invaluable to the Songs from the Inside team.
Better known for his acting chops in films such as ‘Mt Zion’ and ‘The Pa Boys’, Troy is also a very talented musician, with his single ‘True Love’ being hugely popular on both iTunes and YouTube. He was also featured in Stan Walker’s 2014 Māori Language Week waiata ‘Aotearoa’. Unfailingly supportive and immensely skilled on the guitar, Troy was instrumental as a mentor and friend in the creation of the men’s songs, never giving up when times got tough.
Anika Moa has been a mentor on Songs from the Inside since the first series and has only grown more passionate about the kaupapa. Returning to lead her fellow musicians in her hometown of Christchurch, Anika brings her witty charm and no-nonsense approach once again. Her openness and support encouraged the students to see her not only as a mentor but as a friend, with the result that the women were unafraid to delve deep, tell the truth and face the music.
Annie Crummer's first single at the age of 16 launched a new wave of Pacific sound and a tide of awards. Her incredible vocal range has been featured on chart toppers from For Today with the Netherworld Dancing Toys, Melting Pot with When the Cats Away and See What Love Can Do with Herbs. She has toured with some of music's biggest acts including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson. Annie brought an infectious joy to Series Two, helping students not only to find their own voice but light in dark corners.
Don McGlashan is widely regarded as the Master of songwriting. New Zealand's top 100 songs include five McGlashan hits. From Dominion Road, Anchor Me to Bathe In The River, which became one of the biggest kiwi singles of all time, he is rightly a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate and Distinguished Alumnus of The University Of Auckland. Don brought phenomenal teaching and generosity to Series Two, raising the bar both inside the classroom and on the second album, Songs From The Inside Volume II.
Laughton Kora took the South Pacific into the new millennium with his family band, Kora,catapulting grass roots on to the dance floors. Their debut EP, Volume,hit platinum with a fresh fusion of rock, house, reggae and more. Not limited to any one style, Laughton's instinctive grasp of all music genres inspired the surprising diversity of songs in Series Two, ensuring every song was as real and unique as the student who created it.
Hareruia (Ruia) Aperhama
Hareruia (Ruia) Aperhama was one of the first composers to command contemporary and traditional music charts. From penning the hit, What's the Time Mr Wolf with South of Bombay for the acclaimed film, Once Were Warriors, to his award winning solo album, Hawaiki, his songs have become popular anthems. Ruia's gentle wisdom guided Series One through unchartered waters, inspiring both students and an entire production to simply believe.
Maisey Rika has so many awards it's a wonder she finds time to collect them. Described by Mushroom Music as one of the most arresting voices ever to emerge from New Zealand, she was nominated for Best Female Vocalist at just 15 years old. Her third Māori language album, Whitiora, crossed over to conquer mainstream charts. Maisey brought healing to Series One just by walking into the room. But beneath the honey-stung voice are wings of steel and a heart as unflinching as her principles. www.maiseyrika.com
Warren Maxwell's laid-back persona belies one of the sharpest intellects in the business. A teacher of jazz and Bachelor of Music graduate from Massey University, he has collaborated with the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. A founding member of Trinity Roots, saxophonist for Fat Freddy's Drop and lead vocal Little Bushman, his infinite humility invited safety and honesty during Series One and the making of the first album which he engineered with artists in his own Stonefeather studio.