Palmerston band North Stay In It win music accolades

Palmerston North Girls' High School won multiple awards at the Smokefree Tangata Beats and Smokefreerockquest National Finals.

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Palmerston North Girls’ High School won multiple awards at the Smokefree Tangata Beats and Smokefreerockquest National Finals.

Palmerston North Girls High School band Stay In It took home four awards at the Smokefree Tangata beats and Smokefreerockquest 2022 National Finals in Auckland this weekend.

The group, consisting of Rhema Brown (guitar, saxophone and vocals), Victoria Brown (drums and vocals), Roseta Leau (keyboards and vocals) and Natasha Vilivili (bass, keyboards and vocals), came second in both competitions.

They were beaten in the Tangata Beats final by Sounds of La Salle, from De La Salle College in Auckland, and in the Rockquest by Smoked Paprika, from Hillcrest High School in Hamilton.

Rockquest has been around for over three decades to support young, emerging musical talent.

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Tangata Beats is the sister competition which recognizes and reflects the cultural identity of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, with entrants required to include Te Reo Māori or a Polynesian language, instruments, dance or movement in the performance.

Stay In It prizes include professional recording of a song and a total of $6,500 in music gear from Rockshop.

The band’s success continued with winning the Smokefreerockquest Best Song category and another professional recording session.

Additionally, Rhema Brown was named the winner of the Smokefree Tangata Beats Mana Wahine award, taking home a $500 prize.

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