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Music of New Zealand

The music of New Zealand has been influenced by blues, jazz, country, rock and roll and hip hop, with many of these genres given a unique New Zealand interpretation. A number of popular artists have gone on to achieve international success including Lorde, Split Enz, Crowded House, OMC, Bic Runga, Kimbra, Ladyhawke, The Naked and Famous, Fat Freddy's Drop, Savage, Gin Wigmore, Keith Urban, Flight of the Conchords, and Brooke Fraser. Pre-colonial Maori music consisted mainly of a form of microtonal chanting and performances on instruments called taonga puoro: a variety of blown, struck and twirled instruments made out of hollowed-out wood, stone, whale ivory, albatross bone, and human bone. In the nineteenth century, European settlers brought musical forms to New Zealand including brass bands and choral music, and musicians began touring New Zealand in the 1860s. Pipe bands became widespread during the early 20th century. Lorde Brooke Fraser Bic Runga Hayley Westenra Anika Moa Dave Dobbyn Ladyhawke Neil Finn Jon Toogood Gin Wigmore Tim Finn Stan Walker Aaradhna Bret McKenzie Howard Morrison Marlon Williams Kiri Te Kanawa Ray Columbus Jenny Morris Che Fu John Rowles Sharon O'Neill Hollie Smith Max Merritt Shona Laing Emma Paki Pixie Williams Savage J. Williams Marc Hunter Annie Crummer Boh Runga Dinah Lee Margaret Urlich Graham Brazier Dalvanius Prime Rosita Vai Jordan Luck Andrew Fagan Julia Deans Phil Judd Suzanne Prentice Tiki Taane Ben Lummis Willy Moon Jemaine Clement Steve Allen Malvina Major Mitch James Johnny Devlin Shayne Carter